NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.
|04.07.14 at 9:34 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 198 pounds
Achievements: 2013 Paul Hornung Award winner (nation’s most versatile player), FWAA 2013 first-team All-America kick returner, CBSSports.com 2013 first-team All-America all-purpose, 2013 first-team All-SEC all-purpose (Associated Press, coaches), 2013 first-team All-SEC return specialist (coaches), first-team All-SEC wide receiver (Athlon), 2013 first-team All-SEC kick returner (Sporting News), 2011 SEC coaches All-Freshman team
What he brings: Beckham is a quick, fluid player who has solid vision of the field. Analysts note that he does not have elite speed and can be inconsistent at times. He helped his cause at the NFL combine when he was a top performer in the 20-yard shuttle (3.94 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (10.93 seconds).
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2
Notes: Beckham’s father, Odell Beckham Sr., was a running back at LSU from 1989-92 and his mother, Heather Van Norman, was an All-America track runner at LSU from 1991-93. … Beckham broke LSU’s single-season all-purpose yardage record with 2,315 yards as a junior in 2013, including 59 receptions for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns, and 32 kick returns for 845 yards. In 2012 he finished with 43 catches for 713 yards and two touchdowns. As a true freshman in 2011 he caught 41 passes for 475 yards and two TDs.
SI.com: LSU WR Odell Beckham, Jr. leads the charge in Sunday’s first combine drills
The Washington Post: LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. hoping to capitalize on speed, versatility
Video: Here is a video highlighting Beckham’s career at LSU.