Brings a lot of big-play ability as both a receiver and kick returner. Quick, smooth, and elusive. Catches the ball in stride and accelerates immediately, keeping his feet moving and exploding through gaps in coverage. Makes up for his lack of height with leaping ability, long arms, & well-sized hands.
Short for a pro receiver and isn't very strong or physical, presenting obvious challenges against big, aggressive defensive backs. Often uses his speed and fluidity to get separation and will need to depend more on angles, hand-work, and bulking up.
Deep threat at wideout and kick returner.
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the New York Giants to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the New York Giants in the 1st round (12th Overall) in 2014.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury. | 07/23/2014 4:55 PM
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury.
"He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday," Reese said. "Obviously there is a concern." Jerrell Jernigan replaced Beckham in three-receiver sets Wednesday. Rookie receivers usually struggle so Beckham needs all the practice time he can get.
Giants to use Odell Beckham as deep threat | 07/19/2014 9:06 PM
ESPN New York's Dan Graziano reports the Giants plan to use rookie Odell Beckham to "stretch out defenses" in a way that allows them to operate with quick-hitting options.
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Beckham would essentially be a decoy, running clearing routes for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to get open underneath. Graziano is skeptical that Beckham will able to beat press coverage and has concerns over how he'll matchup with physical corners, though he adds that "people around the league" think he can contribute right away. Beckham is the No. 54 receiver in Rotoworld's pre-training camp rankings, with a projected 52/702/5 rookie-year line.
Beckham getting in work with Eli Manning | 07/12/2014 9:52 AM
Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham got in work with Eli Manning during the Manning Passing Acadamy.
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Manning is in the same boat as the rookie trying to learn a new offense under OC Ben McAdoo. The duo practiced several routes as well as working on the passing concepts and signals of the new offense. This extra work is undoubtably good news for Beckham, but he is still unlikely to make a big fantasy impact in redraft formats.
Low fantasy expectations for Odell Beckham | 06/26/2014 1:04 PM
NJ.com's Jordan Raanan believes the Giants "would likely sign for that right now" if Odell Beckham topped 50 catches and 800 yards with 4-5 touchdowns during his rookie season.
The average stat line of a first-round rookie wideout over the last decade is 41 catches, 565 yards, and four touchdowns. Say Beckham posted a 55-850-5 line, probably his rookie-year ceiling. That production would've placed him 34th among fantasy wideouts a year ago, in the Eddie Royal-Rod Streater range. Beckham should help the Giants in 2014, but probably not fantasy owners.
Giants using three WRs as base offense | 05/30/2014 3:02 PM
The Giants' offense is utilizing three-receiver packages "on almost every play" during OTAs.
Beat writer Jordan Raanan described new OC Ben McAdoo's scheme as "a spread-'em-out offense that utilizes a "ton" of screen passes, quick-timing horizontal pass patterns, and three-step drops. It's much different from OC Kevin Gilbride's old vertical attack, and resembles the Packers' system. Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham will be the outside wideouts, with Victor Cruz in the slot.
Odell Beckham's route-running stood out | 05/21/2014 9:33 AM
Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said Odell Beckham was the best route-runner in the draft by far.
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It's the main reason Beckham was the third wideout off the board at No. 12 overall. He's ready to get open at the NFL level right now, boasting the precision route-running that Rueben Randle has often lacked during his two years as a Giant. We'd lean toward Beckham over Randle as a better fantasy play if we're betting on a resurgence out of Eli Manning via the new Ben McAdoo offense.
Giants agreed to terms with No. 12 overall pick WR Odell Beckham on a four-year contract.
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Niners considered moving up for Beckham | 05/09/2014 1:18 AM
The 49ers considered trading up for LSU WR Odell Beckham, but decided the price was "pretty stiff."
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Beckham went to the Giants at No. 12. "The price of doing business when you're trying to move from 30 up to the top 10 or close to the top 10 becomes pretty stiff," were the words of GM Trent Baalke. "And you're giving up a lot of football players to go get one football player. And if you look at history, a lot of times that works against you." The Niners are a strong bet to take a wideout on Day 2.
Giants selected LSU WR Odell Beckham with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Giants have been hinting they aren't sold on Rueben Randle as Hakeem Nicks' replacement. Now it's confirmed. Beckham (5-foot-11 1/4, 198) reminds of a bigger, faster Antonio Brown on college film. He's also drawn Greg Jennings comparisons. Displaying pro-ready route-running chops and separation skills, Beckham caught 143 passes in three seasons in Baton Rouge, gaining 2,340 yards (16.4 YPR) with 12 touchdowns. He added two punt-return scores. Confirming his explosive athleticism in Indy, Beckham ran 4.43 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical. NFL Films' Greg Cosell ranked Beckham as this year's No. 2 receiver prospect behind only Sammy Watkins. Beckham is a good bet to make noise in year one, both as an outside receiver and home-run threat on returns.