NEW YORK -- With the 12th pick in the first round, the New York Giants select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
In one of the deepest wide receiver drafts in recent memory, Beckham is not only a first-round pick, but an argument can me made that he's the most polished receiver in the entire draft. At 5-11, 198 pounds, he's not nearly as imposing as Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans, but he's a more precise route runner, quicker in and out of his breaks, and explosive with the ball in his hands.
CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco is in favor of the selection.
Beckham: Might be in the minority, but I like it. Will be better than Evans. They need a WR to go w/Cruz. Grade: B+ http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 9, 2014
Think Antonio Brown 2.0, but much more NFL-ready coming out of college.
Put another way: Expect Beckham to make an immediate impact, not just at wide receiver but as a returner where NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang describes Beckham as having "remarkable vision, agility and acceleration." He also made one of the most amazing catches we've ever seen (via FanSided).
As a junior, Beckham 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, when he racked up 2,222 all-purpose yards, breaking Domanick Davis' previous mark of 2,120 set in 2002. Beckham was also a first-team All-SEC pick last season, as voted by the coaches.
As for what Beckham will earn...
Odell Beckham should sign a fully GTD 4-year, $10,406,198 deal with a $1,892,036 '14 cap number. His signing bonus should be $5,888,144.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 9, 2014