2014 NFL Draft: Odell Beckham Jr. scouting report

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College: LSU
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 198

2013 College Statistics: 59 receptions, 1,152 yards, eight touchdowns.

The 2014 NFL Draft is completely stacked with talented prospects, and one of the best wide receivers in this years class is LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. There have been quite a few analysts that have been very high on him throughout the entire draft process, but there are others that believe that he has some major flaws that could hurt him in the long run. One thing is for sure, if he’s capable of playing at the level that he played at with LSU, he will be just fine making the jump to the NFL. Currently, draft analysts are projecting Beckham to be selected in the first round of the draft.

Strengths

  • Willing to take contact to gain extra yardage
  • Extremely smooth route runner with good speed to get past defenders
  • More than willing blocker
  • Has a good amount of experience on special teams
  • Very well respected by his coaches and teammates
  • Above average ability to change direction in open field
  • Has quick feet and great acceleration
  • Makes up for lack of height with physical play

Weaknesses

  • Despite physical play, height could become factor at times
  • Blocking technique could use improvement
  • Can lose focus and drop easy passes at times
  • Lacks elite speed after acceleration
  • Was not tested as far as contested catches in college

Overall, there are concerns about his game and physical abilities that will always come into question about any NFL prospect. He has a great head on his shoulders and a great work ethic to go along with that. With good NFL coaching and the chance to prove himself, Beckham will be just fine making the jump to the big leagues. Whoever decides to pull the trigger and select him with their pick will be getting a quality wide receiver for the future.

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