Seconds after the Dallas Cowboys picked Ezekiel Elliott in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the first fans and observers began predicting Offensive Rookie of the Year honors for Elliott. After all, the draft's premier running back was going to run behind one of the premier offensive lines in the league.
This year's rookies haven't shown up at rookie minicamp yet, OTAs and training camp are still a way off, an not a single competitive down of football has been played, but Zekeists can now put their money where their mouth is. Bovada.lv have released the first prop bets for the 2016 NFL season, and Ezekiel Elliott features in some of those prop bets. Elliott ranks second only to Jared Goff in the odds for Offensive Rookie of the Year:
|NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year - Odds to Win|
RB Todd Gurley won the award last year after he rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 TDs, despite not making his first start until Week 4. Gurley started out with a bang, running for over 125 yards in each of his first four starts, and while his performances sputtered toward the end of the season, that was still a very good rookie season for a running back.
The last running back to win the award before Gurley was Adrian Peterson in 2007, when he rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 TDs in 14 games.
That's some pretty lofty company, and if you're not sure about the OROY odds, Vegas also has a prop bet for Elliott's total rushing yards and TDs in 2016:
Ezekiel Elliott - Total Rushing Yards in the 2016 Regular Season
Ezekiel Elliott - Total TD's in the 2016 Regular Season
If you were a betting person, would you take the over or under on these prop bets?