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Ask 5: Who'll be NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2017?


Now that the 2017 NFL Draft has come and gone, it's fun to study the updated depth charts and project which rookies will have the most immediate success at the next level. I reached out to five NFL personnel executives to get their opinion on which draftee was most likely to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award next season. Here are their answers:

Executive 1: Dalvin Cook, Vikings
"Dalvin Cook would be my guess. He landed in a good spot."

Executive 2: Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
"If (Deshaun) Watson is the starter (for the Texans), I'd say Watson. However, I'm not sure that will happen. Fournette is the safer choice."

Executive 3: O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
"I'm going with O.J. Howard. Part of my thought process is availability. He has size, toughness, he's durable and smart. He'll pick up the offense quickly, he'll practice every day, and be a real weapon in that offense with (Mike) Evans and D-Jax (DeSean Jackson)."

Executive 4: Cook
"I'll say Dalvin Cook. The Vikings were a playoff team two years ago and then the wheels came off last year with Teddy (Bridgewater) going down. They'll play D and run the ball with Cook. Plus, he'll be motivated after the fall into Round 2."

Executive 5: Fournette
"Not very interesting, but I have Fournette. He will get the most touches and stats."

Summary: Two votes apiece for Fournette and Cook and one for Howard.

Conclusion: These answers make a lot of sense. Fournette and Cook figure to get a lot of touches for their respective teams, while Howard is ready-made to play with a talented young passer like Jameis Winston. A couple other rookies I'd keep an eye on: Packers running back Jamaal Williams and Titans wide receiver Corey Davis. I think Williams will quickly emerge as the power back for Green Bay and Davis should become Marcus Mariota's favorite target in short order.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks.



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