After Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow lit up college football last year on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship, it may be hard to believe that the first overall pick won't win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
However, it is far from a guarantee that the LSU product will win the highly coveted award because of the lack of talent around him and the difficult transition to the pros. There should be many other players in the conversation for the award, as this 2020 class produced one of the deepest drafts ever.
4. CeeDee Lamb, WR
After accumulating over 1,100 yards twice in his three-year career at Oklahoma, Lamb was selected by the Cowboys to run routes opposite Amari Cooper. The former Sooner isn't the No. 1 target, so he will receive mostly single coverage, which the talented receiver is ready to exploit. Cooper and Lamb have the potential to be a dynamic duo that will elevate the former Oklahoma receiver to Rookie of the Year contention.
3. Justin Herbert, QB
The highly-touted prospect from Oregon should get a good shot to start right away for the Chargers, as the presumptive starter is Tyrod Taylor, which...never seems to last. If Herbert is able to win the job, he will inherit a much stronger roster than Burrow, with a beefed-up O-Line -- and, remember, Los Angeles did make the Divisional Round in 2018. This bodes well for Herbert, as if he can bring the Bolts back to the playoffs, he will be a sure-fire candidate for the award.
2. Jerry Jeudy, WR
Hailed as the best receiver in an extremely deep draft class, Jeudy joins a Broncos offense that already has some rising stars. The Alabama product will pair with 2019 Pro Bowler Courtand Sutton for a lethal pass catching combination. If Drew Lock can take the next step as a quarterback and Jeudy stars as one of his trusted targets, we could see the 2018 All-American in conversations for Rookie of the Year.
1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB
Edwards-Helaire, the National Champion 'back from LSU, could not have found a better landing spot, falling to the Chiefs with the final pick in the first round. He's heading to the most prolific offense in the NFL, and encounters competition only from Damien Williams, who's in his walk year. KC will be trying hard to prove they can replace Williams' production at a low cost, and Edwards-Helaire will be first in line to do so. Not only does he have a chance to earn this award, but he should probably be the favorite.