The biggest sports books in Las Vegas haven’t yet set odds on the 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year. That hasn’t stopped ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson is handicapping all of the top rookies in the AFC West, including two members of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Player: Eric Berry
Why: Berry also steps right in and becomes one of his unit’s best players. Berry will be a bone-rattling star in Kansas City right away.
Player: Dexter McCluster
Position: Wide Receiver / Returner
Why: McCluster will get plenty of chances to make an impact. If he is as explosive in the NFL as he was in college, he has a chance to really stand out.
I would have to get at least 15-1 odds on either player to be interested. Even though both should play a pivotal role immediately for the Chiefs — Berry more than McCluster — neither is likely to have the sort of eye-popping stats needed to garner the national attention needed to win the award.
It’s interesting that one of the players with the best shot at winning the award — Chargers RB Ryan Mathews — plays in the AFC West and Williamson gives him the same 6-1 odds that he assigned to Berry. Mathews should get plenty of chances in San Diego, similar to the way Adrian Peterson did his rookie year.