Odell Beckham Jr: Combine Results and Instant Reaction

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2014

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) carries in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. LSU won 35-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

Odell Beckham Jr. isn't quite 6'0'', but he has the catch radius of a 6'5'' wideout. 


The LSU star's game film is loaded with highlight-reel, high-pointing grabs and contested snags in dense traffic with his arms fully extended. 

While he's not necessarily getting the notoriety and media hype of Clemson's Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Beckham Jr. is a special talent who has the refined skill to go in the first round. 


Odell Beckham Jr. 2014 Combine Results
HeightWeightArm LengthHands40-Yard Dash10-Yard Split
5'11''19832 3/4''10''4.431.50
Results Are Official

For a receiver not exactly known for his flat-line speed, Beckham's unofficial 4.31 on his second attempt with a blistering 1.50 10-yard split were tremendous times. He ran 4.40 in his first attempt with a 1.59 10-yard split.

Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and John Brown from Pittsburg State, who both ran 4.30 unofficially, were the only wideouts who timed faster than Beckham. 

Former NFL personnel executive and Senior Bowl Director Phil Savage chimed in on the first group of receivers running the 40:

To naked eye, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, Pitt State's John Brown and LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. stole 40-yard dash show. #blur

— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) February 23, 2014
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Beckham Jr. only benched 225 pounds seven times, which was one of the lowest figures among the wideouts, but one has to believe that at his size, speed is more important:

LSU WR Odell Beckham recovering from only 7 bench press reps with an unofficial 4.31 this morning.

— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) February 23, 2014

Optimum Scouting's Alex Brown divulged a little more information on Beckham Jr.'s well-rounded game: 

OBJ at 4.40 sounds legit, wouldn't be surprised if he breaks 4.4. Has a huge upside as a vertical route runner but also lethal after catch

— Alex Brown (@OS_AlexBrown) February 23, 2014

It's not combine-related, but Brendan Leister of DraftBrowns.com posted a Vine of Beckham showing off his incredibly strong hands in quite the unique and ridiculous way: 

& this: https://t.co/vDiqG4NZf0 MT @fduffy3: caught a KR w/ one hand like it was a tennis ball. One of most amazing things I've ever seen

— Brendan Leister (@BrendanLeister) February 21, 2014

Despite being relatively "small" in stature compared to some of his contemporaries in the 2014 wideout class, Beckham Jr. has exceptionally large hands—mitts bigger than Mike Evans, Brandon Coleman, and Sammy Watkins—and he uses them well. 

He cruised through the gauntlet, short sideline, intermediate dig and deep route drills with no drops and made all the catches comfortably away from this body.

With a scintillating 40 time and phenomenally soft hands, Odell Beckham Jr. likely won't last into the second round. 


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