With the #12 overall pick in the 2014 draft, the New York Giants selected [WR] Odell Beckham Jr. – LSU. These were his combine stats:
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 198 lbs.
- 40 yd: 4.43 sec.
- Bench: 7 reps
- Vertical: 38.5″
- Hands: 10″
Of course the Giants decided to go with a player who I hoped they wouldn’t consider. Many reporters had picked up on their interest in Beckham before the draft, but there are a variety of reasons I didn’t think it would happen. For one, there seemed to be an overlap of talent and need at the [OL] position. Apparently Taylor Lewan would have been the selection if Tennessee hadn’t snatched him up the pick before, and the *versatile* Zack Martin was still available for us at #12. Martin went to Dallas four picks later, so there may be added insult if Beckham Jr. doesn’t pan out. Even though [WR] is considered a need for NYG, this draft class is so flush with talent at the position it seemed silly to spend our first rounder on one. Five wide outs were selected today: Watkins, Evans, Beckham Jr., Cooks, and Benjamin. A handful of high-grade receivers remain on the board, including Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Allen Robinson, Cody Latimer, and Donte Moncrief. Not to mention many more players who project well into the NFL. This plethora, along with the general difficulty transitioning to the professional level at this position, makes it difficult to celebrate selecting Beckham Jr. at this point in time.
Having said that, the entire staff is very excited about the type of dynamic offensive weapon added to our arsenal. Beckham Jr.’s ability to instantly contribute as a kick and punt returner seemed to really boost his value on the Giants board. His big play speed is coupled with polished route running that was frequently utilized in LSU’s pro-style offense. Beckham Jr. has big hands and good body control, giving him that extra large catch radius that’s invaluable to Eli Manning. Our staff was also very impressed with Beckham’s character and intelligence, which was obviously corroborated by his coaches. To borrow Jerry Reese’s saying, he’s a player “without any warts”. Totally clean. There doesn’t seem to be any doubt that Beckham Jr. is a total offensive package worthy of a #12 selection. The Giants certainly remember the incredible struggle to score points last season, and they must hope that this player can help turn things around immediately.
Next post will take a look at rounds 2-3, which will take place tomorrow night.