It might be a bit too early to start talking about awards for the season ahead.
While the 2021 NFL Draft recently ended, so it’s hard not to be excited about the new hires.
As always, BetMGM have released their 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year odds.
Unsurprisingly, the list is headlined by quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz isn’t too far behind him at No.20.
Defy the odds
It’s not often that a third-round catcher wins Rookie of the Year.
The Auburn product is a different breed of players and should not be counted.
Schwartz got everyone up to speed last season with his insane speed.
I love what Anthony Schwartz brings to the table! Elite world class speed. Change direction without lost movement or decrease in speed.
Space player. Motion receiver for free versions. pic.twitter.com/CvPdkUMHla
– Damian Parson 🏈 (@DP_NFL) April 27, 2021
He could very well be the fastest player in the NFL, but Tyreek Hill won’t easily give up his throne.
The odds are going to be against Schwartz since he joined a loaded Browns wide receiver group.
At first glance, Schwartz won’t see as much playing time as other receivers in his draft class.
Rashod Bateman and Terrace Marshall Jr. currently have +5000 odds to win Rookie of the Year.
After that, Schwartz joined a handful of other receivers with odds of +6600 to take home the distinction.
These are obviously not ideal odds for Schwartz, but he still has the 20th best odds to earn it.
Welcome to Cleveland
As already mentioned, Schwartz joins an already quite stacked large group of receivers.
It might be difficult for the Browns to distribute all the touches evenly when they are so talented.
Most likely, Schwartz will end up being receiver No.4, assuming no one gets hurt during training camp.
It has some intriguing perks and has warned scouts during the 2020 season.
In 12 games, Schwartz recorded 54 receptions, 636 yards and three touchdowns.
His best feature is his insane speed which can be of use to the Browns in a number of ways.
It seems highly unlikely that Schwartz is close to winning Rookie of the Year honors, but you never know.
There is always the possibility of injury and Schwartz has a great playing capacity, so who knows what could happen.
Either way, it looks like the Browns got some quality depth on the wide receiver and seemingly among the top 25 Rookie of the Year contenders.