5. Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will win Offensive Rookie of the Year
Last season, the no. 3 quarterback off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft ended up winning Rookie of the Year, and that was Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers. Even before no. 1 pick Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending injury, most assumed Herbert was running away with the award.
The second quarterback off the board, Tua Tagovailoa, struggled a bit to make bigger plays and become the reason his team was winning games. When looking at this year’s crop of quarterbacks, it’s not crazy to think the no. 4 quarterback off the board could win Rookie of the Year.
These odds are very telling. First and foremost, they cement the bold prediction we kicked things off with, here. Fields is going to be the starter. If Trey Lance’s name is not listed here among candidates, then we can believe Kyle Shanahan indeed will roll with Jimmy Garoppolo as his starter.
The fact that Fields is no. 2 in overall odds to win Rookie of the Year should tell you that Nagy and Pace are full of it. They’re not going to stick with Dalton. It’s not happening.
The difference between Lawrence’s chances and Fields’ could boil down to the Bears being a slightly better team in 2021. Although Chicago has a tough schedule, they should still end up winning more games than the Jaguars — and quite honestly, Fields’ numbers very well could be better.
Taking into consideration the weapons Fields has versus Lawrence, the Jaguars don’t have a legitimate number one wide receiver. They have a couple of guys who function well as a number two, but none compare to Allen Robinson’s ability.
Fields will end the season as the NFL’s top offensive rookie and take home the hardware. From there, it’s on to bigger and better things as the Bears’ quarterback woes are completely forgotten.