Kenny Pickett bets on favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year

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It’s the most wonderful moment of the NFL offseason when all the predictions are correct.

No one can be wrong for at least four months.

It’s worth noting as the latest BetMGM odds draft Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett as the 2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

His odds are better than Atlanta Falcons receiver Drake London, Tennessee Titans receiver Treylon Burks and New York Jets receiver Garrett Wilson.

Current OROTY is a wide receiver

Ironically, the 2022 Offensive Rookie of the Year is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

Chase’s 2021 draft class was filled with quarterback talent including Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Mac Jones.

Even with this tight quarterback competition, a wide receiver has always prevailed as OROTY.

Easier for the wide receiver to win the prize

Let’s face it, it’s easier for novice receivers to come into the NFL and make an immediate impact.

Pair them up with veteran quarterbacks and they can go for the races.

The 2022 draft class is deep with wide receiving talent, so it’s not hard to imagine a wide receiver winning the prize again in 2023.

Back to Pickett

Pickett is the sentimental favorite of Pitt Panthers and Steelers fans.

He played his home college games at Heinz Field and is a familiar face to Steelers coaches and players.

That all sounds good, except it’s yet to be determined if he’ll be the Steelers QB1 in 2022.

After all, the team signed Mitchell Trubisky who is the leading candidate for the job.

Mason Rudolph is also on the list.

That means Pickett must win the job this spring and summer.

After getting the job, he has to play light football a year after the end of the Roethlisberger era in order to win OROTY.

It’s a tall order, but not impossible.

At this time of year, punters know as much as the rest of us, but it’s always fun to see what they come up with.

The proof is in the pudding so in nine months if Pickett is actually called the OROTY they will look like geniuses.

We will see.

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