2014 NFL Draft: WR Odell Beckham Jr. Selected by New York Giants

Odell Beckham Jr. – WR LSU, 5’11”, 198 LBS, 32.75″ Arm Length

Drafted Round 1, Pick 12 , New York Giants

Combine Results: 4.38 Forty | 38.5″ Vertical Jump | 122″ Broad Jump

  • Earned freshman ALL-SEC honors
  • First team ALL-SEC pick by coaches in 2013
  • Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation’s most versatile player in ’13 when he broke the LSU single-season all-purpose yards record.

NFL Impact: Beckham is a naturally gifted athlete as his father was a star running back at LSU and his mother a national champion sprinter. It’s no wonder that Beckham ran a 4.38 40. He’s a smooth receiver with good acceleration and quick to get to top speed. That burst allows him to explode out of his cuts to beat press coverage and makes his after the catch ability dangerous. He has plus hands and a 38.5” vertical leap allows him to snare high throws beyond what you’d expect from a 5’11” receiver. He has the catch radius of a 6’5” receiver. Good body control also aids his ability after the catch. His versatility in the return game makes him an even more intriguing athlete to teams wanting to expand their special teams.

Beckham will have to get stronger if he wants to succeed in the NFL. His seven reps at 225 pounds was one of the lowest figures among the receivers, which creates skepticism about his ability to break away from the stronger, more physical corners in the NFL. Perhaps it’s that lack of strength that calls into question his blocking ability as he missed assignments and showed poor technique. He was held in check by top opponents like Florida and Alabama which could be a preview of what’s to come on Sundays.

The bottom line is we have a talented, speedy receiver with a great genetic make-up. He has the ability to play outside at “X” and “Z” as well as in the slot with his ability to run after the catch. The added value on special teams and weakness (strength) that can easily be rectified at the next level make Beckham an intriguing pick after the few few receivers come off the board.

Fantasy Impact: It’s often difficult for rookie receivers to come into the NFL and make an immediate impact. We’re all aware of the 3rd year breakout theory and more and more are making big steps in their first season but rookies rarely emerge as anything more than a late pick #3 receiver while most are just bye week filler or hopeful keeper prospect. That being said, he’s been thrust into a perfect situation with the Giants. Proven quarterback in Eli Manning who’s not afraid to spread the ball around and get all his receivers involved. Beckham will be counted on to be a dynamic playmaker on the outside replacing Hakeen Nicks and opening up the field for Victor Cruz. The Giants will be moving to a more wide open West Coast style offense. This isn’t your same old run-run-pass-punt Giants. He’ll need to work on his run blocking skills but it’s entirely possible Beckham could finish with 50 grabs for 700+ yards and 4-5 scores. The upside is greater if he comes out hot and earns Eli’s trust.

Thoughts?