Favorites for Major NFL Award: Offensive Rookie of the Year Award
Who are the favorites for major NFL offensive Rookie of the year award? After three weeks, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is running away with the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Out of the five rookie quarterbacks starting from the 2012 NFL draft class, Griffin is easily the best and most effective player from the group. In the updated passer ratings, Griffin is ranked No. 6, followed by a big drop-off to the next tier.
Russell Wilson (Seattle) is No. 22, Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) is No. 26, Brandon Weeden (Cleveland) is No. 30 and Ryan Tannehill (Miami) is No. 32.
In addition to sitting in the top 10 of all NFL quarterback ratings, Griffin is also ranked as the No. 15 rusher (by yards) in the NFL. Griffin has picked up 209 yards on 32 rushes and scored three rushing touchdowns. That is another reason why he is so far ahead of the rest of the field.
Of the rookie wide receivers, none of them are currently ranked in the top 60 for receiving yards, so their impact to date has been rather limited. The highest ranked rookie receiver is Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery at No. 63, but nine catches for 132 yards and one touchdown in three games is not necessarily the stuff of Rookie of the Year material.
As for running backs, that is a different story. Griffin’s teammate, Alfred Morris, is ranked as the No. 8 rusher in the NFL. He has run the ball 61 times for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Trailing Morris on the running back leader board is Doug Martin (Tampa Bay) at No. 12, Griffin at No.15 and Lamar Miller (Miami) at No. 32.