NFL provides many options for Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2017


Dak Prescott

As we approach the halfway mark of the season, it’s only fitting to start making predictions for the winners of the prestigious annual awards. Last season, the NFL was taken by storm as many rookies made names for themselves by becoming key pieces to their respective teams s.

This season’s rookies haven’t disappointed either as they have not only lived up to their expectations but have exceeded them. Though many have made great cases to win this year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award, there are some standouts that have showcased their star potential on a weekly basis.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt started his NFL career on a rough note with a fumble on his very first professional carry. Hunt then finished that same game with a total of 239 yards and three touchdowns, spoiling the reigning Super Bowl champs New England Patriots’ season debut.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Hunt in the third round of this year’s draft, and it is safe to say that it has paid off as he has not only helped lead his team to an impressive 5-2 record, but is also leading the league in rushing yards with a total of 717 yards. The 22-year-old looks to further solidify his case for Offensive Rookie of the Year and contribute to the team’s success as the Chiefs have their eyes set on the post season. 

Deshaun Watson

Since 2014, the Houston Texans have had nine different starting quarterbacks to run the offense. With that much inconsistency, it was no wonder the Texans traded for and used their 12th overall pick to select former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

In just his third game as the team’s starter, Watson made history as he became just the third rookie quarterback to record a total of five touchdowns and led the team to a 57-point victory, the highest number of points scored in franchise history. Additionally, Watson is currently tied for the league lead in passing touchdowns this season with 15. The rookie quarterback seems to be the solution to the Texans quarterback woes as he looks to become the future of the franchise.

Leonard Fournette

For the past few seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the league’s worst offenses having lost 11 or more games the past six seasons. he Jaguars selected running back Leonard Fournette fourth overall in hopes of reviving their team’s offense.

Fournette has done just that, earning and keeping to top spot on the depth chart. His impact has not only been felt with the Jaguars by helping lead them to a 4-2 record; it has been felt all around the NFL. Fournette currently leads the league in rushing touchdowns with six and sits in fourth place in total rushing yards. With one of the league’s best defenses and a running back like Fournette leading the offense, the Jaguars might actually be a team to beat in the AFC South.