2015 NFL DRAFT

Odell Beckham Jr., WR

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 198 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1431

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.382.521.5607 38 1/210'2"3.946.69
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • San Francisco 49ers | #17
    With one of the league's deepest rosters and 11 picks to play with, expect the 49ers to be aggressive on draft. Moving up to add a dynamic pass-catcher and returner like Beckham to complement Colin Kaepernick's big arm and possession wideouts Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin would make a lot of sense.
  • St. Louis Rams | #13
    The Rams added a blocker to help keep Bradford on his feet with the No. 2 pick and could go offense again here to help Bradford, giving him another offensive weapon.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers | #15
    I think they pass on the corners left here and take a receiver to help the passing game.
  • New York Jets | #18
    One of the classiest players in this draft. Go watch the Mississippi State game; he looked like Lynn Swann.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Smooth athlete with very good acceleration to get up to top speed quickly. Terrific shake and burst out of his cuts to beat press and do something after the catch - dangerous with the ball. Excellent vision with dynamic moves. Good footwork, timing and depth in his routes to create separation and catch the ball well in stride.

Much improved hands, doing a nice job elevating and extending to snare the ball from the air - large catching radius and tracks well. Ball appears to slow down for him at the catch point, making fluid adjustments with natural body control.

Speedy and explosive return man on special teams with vision, awareness and toughness to create - two career punt returns for scores. Consistent production all three seasons at LSU with career-highs in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Only average height and overall body strength - room to get stronger. Lacks elite speed and can be caught from behind by NFL DBs. Timid at times over the middle.

Has improved leaps and bounds catching the ball with his hands, but he will still have the occasional drop off his mitts. Missed blocking assignment and needs technique work in this area.

Room to improve his judgment and consistency fielding punts. Only 12 career receiving scores in 34 career starts.

COMPARES TO: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars - Beckham and Shorts are both exciting players with the ball in their hands and have shown steady improvements catching the ball over the years.

--Dane Brugler (1/7/14)

Player Overview

Odell Beckham, Jr. followed in his father's footsteps in playing for the Tigers - Odell Beckham, Sr. was a running back for LSU from 1989-92, playing in 28 games.

The family's athletics bloodlines are strong as Beckham, Jr.'s mother was an All-American track runner for LSU from 1991-93, helping lead the Lady tigers to five national championships.

The athleticism and speed clearly passed down to Beckham, Jr., who was a big-play receiving and rushing threat at Isidore Newman high school in New Orleans while also playing cornerback.

A four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, there was little doubt Beckham would matriculate to Baton Route for his college ball. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors after posting 41 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns in 2011, playing in all 14 games including nine starts.

The following season, Beckham started 12 of 13 games and led the Tigers with 43 catches and 713 yards. He also returned 35 punts for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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 as a junior. Beckham, Jr. racked up 2,222 all-purpose yards, breaking Domanick Davis' previous mark of 2,120 set in 2002.

His abilities as a return man will certainly help his draft stock. He displays "remarkable vision, agility and acceleration," according to NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang.

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Player News
05/11/2014 - Besides being chosen in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, New Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has a few other things he can look forward to once he reports to begin work with his new team. For one, he'll be joining fellow receiver Rueben Randle, who played with Beckham for a bit while the two were at LSU. "My big brother," Beckham said of Randle. "He kind of taught me the ropes when I came into LSU and now I'm back with him again. It's pretty incredible."

Beckham will also have an opportunity to catch passes from quarterback Eli Manning, whose jersey he used to regularly admire during his time at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. "I remember walking through the school and seeing his jersey, along with Peyton's," Beckham said of Isidore Newman's most famous NFL alumni thus far. "Every single day it was just kind of motivation to me. I threw with them a couple times, so I know exactly what he has in store and what he has to offer. I'm really looking forward to getting back together with him." - The Sports Xchange

 

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