Highlighting Eagles' Most Likely First Round Pick: Odell Beckam Jr

Yueh HoCorrespondent IMay 7, 2014

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) runs back a kick return against Mississippi state in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. No. 10 LSU won 59-26.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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It is looking highly likely that the Eagles trade up for a wide receiver this draft. Peter King of MMQBSI.com believes the Eagles "want in on the prime receiver action." That, however, is easier said than done.

The Eagles possess the 22nd overall pick, but they have only six draft picks this year. Trading up will be difficult unless they throw in draft picks for next season as well, which seems unlikely.

The highest the team could realistically go would be 15th overall, and they would probably have to give up their second round pick and an additional pick as well. At 15th overall, Mike Evans is unlikely to be available.

In the past, I made the case for Penn State's Allen Robinson. But if the Eagles do indeed plan to trade up, as the report suggests, it would not be to get Robinson, who would likely be available at 22nd overall. Instead, they are most likely targeting Odell Beckham Jr.

Drafting Beckham might seem to be counterproductive at first. It would make more sense to replace the 5'10" Jackson with a larger receiver who would not have Jackson's limitations. Beckham is only 5'11", but he has a markedly different playing style compared to Jackson.

Beckham is not a speedster, at least not in the sense that Jackson was. He is agile, but not a serious deep threat. Beckham, however, is a physical player with great hands and he is just as shifty as Jackson after the catch.

Beckham also has a physical downhill running style. He has great vision and doesn't dance at holes, instead hitting them hard. Beckham is also a very versatile player capable of playing outside and in the slot. He would be the perfect fit in Chip Kelly's offense, which thrives upon runs after the catch. 

And despite his short height, Beckham has long arms and and an incredible vertical leap of 38.5 inches.

Beckham is only an inch taller than the 5'10 Jackson, but at 198 pounds, he is nearly 25 pounds heavier than Jackson. He does not shy away from contact and makes catches in traffic.

With his physical playing style combined with his agility, Beckham could be the perfect player to place in the slot. Jeremy Maclin would serve as the deep threat and Riley Cooper is an adequate number two receiver. Beckham is lethal after the catch and has fantastic hands. He could give the Eagles a Randall Cobb-esque player.


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