Big Blue made a big splash in round one of the NFL Draft last night at Radio City Music Hall. The Giants selected Odell Beckham Jr., a speedy (ran a 4.43 40 at the combine) wide receiver from LSU, with the 12th overall pick. I had irrationally gotten my hopes up for Johnny Football (even though quarterback is literally the last position of need for this team) or Aaron Donald, a beastly defensive tackle from Pitt, but the general consensus from Giants fans and experts on twitter was that it was a great pick. I learned a long time ago to trust GM Jerry Reese on draft day, and after doing a little research I am all in on Eli's newest weapon.
I know there are some concern that he may be a little undersized to play on the outside (5'11", 198 lbs), but he is a prolific route runner (something Reuben Randle is not) and has amazing hands. If he can manage to pass the pylons just one time next season it'll be an improvement from Hakeem Nicks. Plus the Jets were considering trading up for him and it always feels good to steal players away from our little brother.
The season may still be four months away, but the time is now to familiarize yourself with the ODB.
2011- 41 rec, 475 rec yds, 2 rec TD
2012- 43 rec, 713 rec yds, 2 rec TD
2013- 59 rec, 1,152 rec yds, 8 rec TD (averaged 19.5 YPC)
He ran a field goal back 109 yards in a game vs. UAB last fall
His 2,315 all-purpose yards in 2013 were the second most in SEC history
He's an amazing dunker
His fiancee, model Erica Mendez, is a certified smoke
He played his high school ball at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, the same school his new quarterback Eli Manning went to.
Fun fact- ODB and COOPER Manning are the only two players in school history to record more than one thousand receiving yards in a single season!
Beckham was college teammates with fellow Giants receiver Rueben Randle
I'm excited to see who else the Giants add as the draft moves along this weekend, but fans have got to be ecstatic that management addressed their play making needs this early.
Round 2 dream pick- Louis Nix III