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

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) carries in the first half of their NCAA college football game against Idaho in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
Ryan McCrystalFeatured Columnist IIIJanuary 4, 2017

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

New York Giants

First Round: 12th Pick

 

NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins 

 

Highlights

 

Overall Strengths

+ Dangerous change-of-direction ability makes him a threat in the open field. 

+ Despite modest size, does not shy away from contact and can win the physical battle with defensive backs at the line of scrimmage.

+ Smooth, polished route-runner. 

+ Willing blocker who can be effective against defensive backs. 

 

Overall Weaknesses

- Playing speed doesn't quite match timed speed—he's more quick than he is fast.

- Limited experience making contested catches due to his role in LSU's offense. 

- Thinking about his next move rather than focusing on the football led to some bad drops in college.

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmsHands
511219832 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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Hands

Beckham has extremely large hands for his size, which gives him a significant advantage over similar receivers. He displays consistent technique in catching away from his body and is also capable of going up to high-point the football. 

However, he also struggles with focus at times. He's so dangerous after the catch that he's often thinking of his next move as he's reeling in the football. When he doesn't watch the ball in, it will occasionally lead to an inexcusable drop. 

 

Press Release

With his exceptionally quick feet, Beckham is a threat to break free off the snap whenever he's lined up against press coverage. He has a strong grasp on the press-release technique, relying on his footwork and quickness to gain an edge on the defensive back. 

While he isn't the strongest receiver, Beckham also won't shy away from physical contact. If a cornerback tries to get into his chest to throw him off his route, Beckham is capable of pushing back to create separation. 

 

Run After Catch

Add 10 pounds to Beckham's frame and you might have a quality NFL running back prospect. Beckham displays rare vision for the position and is capable of weaving in and out of traffic as he fights for extra yardage after the catch. 

He has quick feet and exceptional change-of-direction ability, making him difficult to bring down. That makes him a dangerous weapon on screen passes, quick curls and slants. 

Beckham is also a tough runner for his size, capable of lowering his shoulder and breaking an ocassional tackle attempt. 

 

Experience

As a three-year starter in the SEC, Beckham has plenty of experience against the best the college game has to offer. Additionally, LSU used him in a variety of roles both in the slot and on the outside, giving him experience running a full complement of routes. 

In addition to his duties on offense, Beckham has also returned punts, kicks and even field-goal attempts. 

The one area in which he's lacking has been taking the ball out of the backfield, with just seven career rushing attempts. Given his physical tools, this could be an area in which he's asked to expand in the pros, especially if he lands with a creative offensive coordinator. 

 

Blocking

Beckham lacks the size to dominate, but he shows a mean streak and is capable of delivering a big hit to unsuspecting defenders. He needs to improve his technique in order to consistently lock onto a defender and stay engaged, but the effort is clearly there to give coaches hope that he will continue to grow in this area. 

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