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LSU's Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Making Right Move to Enter NFL Draft

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Carter BryantContributor IJanuary 7, 2014

LSU fans are going to miss Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

The dynamic receiving duo have officially declared for the NFL Draft according to LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette.

Landry released an official statement thanking LSU fans for all of their support during his illustrious career.

Beckham and Landry were so smooth and fun. The junior tandem produced an aerial attack LSU fans have not seen since JaMarcus Russell ran the show in 2006.

"ODB" and "Juice" combined for over 2,300 receiving yards on 136 receptions and 18 touchdowns. They were the best wide receiver tandem in the SEC.   

Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Statistics
ReceptionsYardsTDsAverage
Landry (2013)7711931015.5
Landry (career)13718091513.2
Beckham Jr. (2013)591152819.5
Beckham Jr. (career)14323401216.4
LSU Sports Information

Les Miles could desperately use the help of Beckham and Landry to win games next season. Miles was saved from heavy criticism when the Tigers barely defeated Arkansas thanks largely in part to miraculous catches from Landry. 

Jarvis Landry scored one of his 10 touchdowns on the season against Auburn.
Jarvis Landry scored one of his 10 touchdowns on the season against Auburn.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Beckham and Landry are game-breakers who will be tough to replace. No other LSU wide receiver who returns next season caught more than one pass in any game. 

LSU fans should be happy for the receiving duo. They are doing what is best for them. 

Beckham and Landry must leave now while their stocks are high. They proved to be productive in a balanced, pro-style offense. Bleacher Report's NFL Draft Lead Analyst Matt Miller has given both of them a late first-round grade.  

Beckham and Landry's production would decrease next season with the loss of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger

Mettenberger's arm had as much to do with the duo's success as anything. His accuracy and mechanics improved under first-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. 

Mettenberger did not play in the 2014 Outback Bowl against Iowa. Freshman replacement quarterback Anthony Jennings struggled, as did Beckham and Landry. They finished with a season-low combined total of four catches for 56 yards. 

Jennings could eventually be a great passer. But it will be tough for him to ever fling the rock like Mettenberger, especially next season. Beckham and Landry know this, which is why they should leave now.

Fans should be happy for them. Beckham and Landry exceeded expectations this season. The highly touted duo could have gone to a more pass-happy school, but the Louisiana natives chose to stay close to home. 

College football fans will never forget the one-handed catches, special teams genius and all-out effort Beckham and Landry displayed every Saturday. Hopefully, the show will continue on Sundays next season.  

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