2014 NFL Draft: LSU losing Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry to NFL
LSU juniors Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry reportedly will add their names to a deep group of wide receivers for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Beckham is currently the No. 5 wide receiver and No. 35 overall prospect eligible for the 2014 draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. He is projected as a late-first or early-second round prospect, while Landy (No. 9 WR/No. 48 overall) is viewed as a strong second round prospect. Neither made NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang's current Big Board, but their decisions to enter the draft this year were likely aided by the fact LSU will also lose senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger to the NFL.
Beckham caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns this season, while Landry finished with 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 11-2 Tigers. Beckham has begun interviewing agents, according to the report, while Yahoo reported in December that Landry had already begun devising a plan to prepare for the Scouting Combine next month.
Beckham was a first-team All-SEC pick by the coaches and named the 2013 Paul Hornung Award winner as the FBS' most versatile player after shattering the Tigers' single-season record for all-purpose yardage. Beckham, Jr. racked up 2,222 all-purpose yards, breaking Domanick Davis' previous mark of 2,120 set in 2002, and his abilities as a return man will certainly help his draft stock. He displays "remarkable vision, agility and acceleration, according to Rang.
Rang views Landry as a smooth athlete capable of making dazzling catches, but inconsistently has prevented Landry from warranting first-round consideration. Landry was particularly adept at getting open on underneath routes for LSU, quickly uncovering at the line of scrimmage while attacking soft zones in coverage before showing his numbers to the quarterback. He was voted second-team All-SEC by the coaches.
NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler views Landry as the better pro prospect as a receiver, writing, "Landry has big, soft hands and with fluid body control and coordination to make it look easy plucking the ball out the air."
"He is tough and brave in tight coverage and routinely shows the ability to win in contested situations. While Beckham is probably more of a home-run threat, Landry is the better pro prospect because of his large, reliable hands and natural build and athleticism to do something with the catch."
With Clemson's Sammy Watkins, the top-rated receiver prospect in the country, reportedly set to enter this year's draft as well, Beckham and Landry join an increasingly deep position group. Watkins is followed by Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Mike Evans (No. 10 overall), Southern Cal junior Marqise Lee (No. 17) and Penn State junior Allen Robinson (No. 33), who have all decided to throw their hats into this year's draft pool.
Yet to announce a decision is Florida State redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin, the No. 36 overall prospect who will play in the BCS title game Monday night.
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