No rookie wide receiver has been as impressive as Green Bay Packers second-round pick Christian Watson over the past five weeks.
Watson is averaging two touchdowns per game over the Packers’ past four.
But should he win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award this season? Let’s look at Watson’s numbers compared to some of the other top candidates.
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates 2022
Here are some of the top candidates for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and how Christian Watson’s numbers compare to them.
Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints: 887 receiving yards, three total touchdowns
Many Packers fans wanted their team to draft Olave, and for good reason. His route-running ability is clear and he is on track for a 1,000-yard season as a rookie. He leads all rookies in receiving yards, ranking 13th in the NFL.
Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets: 868 receiving yards, four total touchdowns
Wilson ranks 16th in the NFL for receiving yards this season. He has instantly become a top target in the Jets’ offense, and has also brought in four touchdowns. A future Pro Bowler.
Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers: 401 receiving yards, nine total touchdowns
Watson missed time early in the season due to injury, but he has dominated over the past four games, showing off his great speed and athleticism. His seven receiving touchdowns leads all rookies, and he also has two rushing scores.
George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: 590 receiving yards, three total touchdowns
Many Packers fans also hoped George Pickens would be wearing green and gold this season. He has already shown his talent for the Steelers, catching 40 passes for 590 yards with three total touchdowns, two receiving and one rushing.
Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans: 939 rushing yards, five total touchdowns
Not much has gone right for the Texans this season, but Dameon Pierce has been excellent. He should go way past 1,000 yards rushing, and he also has five total touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving.
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seattle Seahawks: 696 rushing yards, nine total touchdowns
Walker has been outstanding for the Seahawks this season, rushing for 696 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also caught 23 passes for 148 yards.