Draft Profile: WR Odell Beckham Jr

School: LSU Experience: Junior
Height: 5-11 Weight: 193
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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