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Odell Beckham Jr. NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Giants WR

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 19:  Trae Elston #7 of the Ole Miss Rebels defends a pass intended for Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU (HT: 5'11¼", WT: 198)

New York Giants

First Round: 12th Pick

NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmsHands
5'11 3/4"19832 3/4"10"
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Combine Workout
40-Yard Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.431.5038.5"10'2"6.693.94
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Positives

  • Despite a lack of height, he is well built and willing to be physical against bigger defensive backs.
  • A tough runner with the ball in his hands.
  • Does not shy away from contact and is capable of breaking some tackles.
  • Willing to lower his shoulder into defenders to pick up extra yards.
  • Extremely shifty in the open field.
  • Elite change-of-direction ability makes him difficult to corral in the open field.
  • Consistently beats press coverage due to his quick feet and his ability to get up to full speed within a few steps.
  • Smooth route-runner, makes it almost impossible for less athletic cornerbacks to contain him without help over the top.
  • Makes cuts and breaks in his routes with effortless fluidity.
  • Showed consistent development from year to year.
  • A willing blocker who will deliver big hits to unsuspecting defensive backs.
  • Experienced returning kicks and punts.
  • An intelligent athlete on and off the field, and is well respected by coaches and teammates. 

 

Negatives

  • Lacks ideal height, which limits his ability to make plays downfield.
  • Made very few contested catches at LSU.
  • Tested well in the 40-yard dash at the combine, but his playing speed is only average when compared to other receivers who play the same role in an offense.
  • His ability to get over the top of the defense will be held in check by some of the faster cornerbacks in the league.
  • Lack of elite speed and ability to break free over the top may limit him to a role as a slot receiver.
  • Attempts to snag the ball with his hands, but he will fall victim to some easy drops, likely due to a lack of focus as he turns his attention downfield.
  • Willingness to block is there, but technique is shaky.
  • He's more of a one-punch blocker but could improve technique and use of leverage to become more effective, especially against bigger safeties and linebackers.
  • Rarely used as a ball-carrier at LSU (only seven attempts in three years) and may be asked to develop this area of his game, depending on the offensive system he lands in at the next level.
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011LSU4147511.62
2012LSU4371316.62
2013LSU59115219.58
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Personal Notes

  • Attended the Isidore Newman School, where Peyton and Eli Manning played football.
  • Joined Cooper Manning as the only receivers in school history to top 1,000-yard mark.
  • Winner of 2013 Paul Hornung Award, given to nation's most versatile player. 

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Beckham's lack of size will be held against him by some, but considering how many teams use a slot receiver on a significant portion of their plays, his size should really only be considered in comparison to others at his position.

His lack of elite speed may limit his ability to play on the outside early in his career because he will struggle to consistently break free over the top at the next level, but he can be an elite slot receiver due to his ability after the catch.

His fluid movements and great timing in his route-running are reminiscent of Isaac Bruce. His skill set isn't a fit for every team, so evaluations of him will vary around the league, but it's safe to assume he will have a first-round grade from certain teams.

 

Draft Projection: 1st Round

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