Eric Ebron doesn’t care what Vegas thinks.
In an interview with the Detroit Free-Press, the Lions tight end, chosen tenth overall in this year’s draft, predicted Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
“I’m going to try to go for Offensive Rookie of the Year, which I probably won’t get ’cause Sammy Watkins is there. But we’re going to try,” Ebron said.
Last week, Bovada Sportsbook released its odds for OROY, listing Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans as the slight favorite over Watkins — 3/1 to 4/1, respectively.
Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick, is widely regarded as the best offensive player in the draft class. Though he’s a lock to start right out of the gate, the former Clemson star’s value will be predicated on quarterback E.J. Manuel, who suffered through an inconsistent and injury-plagued rookie campaign in 2013.
Ebron, meanwhile, doesn’t have such worries. He’s stepping into a high-octane offense led by Matthew Stafford, and will play alongside the likes of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Reggie Bush. Ebron shouldn’t have a problem getting open, but there may not be enough touches to go around at times.
First thing’s first: He has to absorb the playbook.
“I really haven’t even sat down and thought about (my goals) yet,” Ebron said. “I’m still trying to soak up Joe Lombardi’s offense, that’s the only thing I’m worried about. But I will eventually end up having goals of mine and things to do. But as of right now, I don’t.”
Tracking the rookie seasons of Watkins, Ebron and Evans will be a fun task. All three players are good bets to put themselves in contention for the honor, making a landslide highly unlikely.
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