AFC Scout Not Sure Odell Beckham Jr. Can 'Dominate' a Game 'Play in and Play Out'

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 14, 2021

Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

After two disappointing seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. has seen his star fall.

Beckham was not listed among the 10 best receivers in a poll of NFL personnel conducted by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, with one AFC scout saying he doubts the 28-year-old can dominate at the same level.

"With all the injuries and the production [decline] it's a concern. Not sure there's anyone better if he's healthy and in his prime. Play in and play out, not sure you can line him up and he can dominate a game anymore," the scout said.

A torn ACL limited Beckham to seven games last season, in which he compiled a career-low 23 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He had as many games with under 30 receiving yards (two) as over 60.

After posting at least 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons, Beckham hasn't topped 1,100 yards or had more than six touchdowns in the four campaigns since. He's also suffered two major injuries in that span, calling into question his durability.

While there are times when Beckham shows the level of dynamism that was constant during his run with the Giants—Week 4's three-touchdown explosion against the Dallas Cowboys being the latest evidence—he's no longer consistent.

Some of the blame may appropriately be assigned to quarterback Baker Mayfield, who hasn't done a great job of hitting Beckham downfield, but it's fair for people around the NFL to wonder if OBJ's prime is already over.