This year, the New York Giants selected wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. With the loss of star wide-receiver Hakeem Nicks to the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants need someone to replace Nicks.
In college, Beckham Jr. made a statement for Les Miles’s Tiger football team contributing right away as a true freshman. Beckham Jr. started nine out of 14 games for the team and 12 out of 13 games as a sophomore. During his junior campaign, Beckham Jr. paired up with Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins 2nd round pick) to become one of college football’s most dynamic receiving corps during the 2013 season. He finished the year with 57 receptions, 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns.
After forgoing is senior year at LSU, Beckham Jr. elected to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Beckham Jr.’s NFL Combine results were impressive. He ran 4.43 seconds for the 40 yard dash and was a top performer in the 20 and 60 yard shuffle drills. NFL Draft Analyst, Mike Mayock, stated, “His mother was an All-American sprinter at LSU. His dad played football at LSU. He’s got all the measurables. He’s also one of best route runners in this draft. He’s very advanced in terms of his route running.”
During the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Beckham Jr. 12thoverall.With all the hype adding leading into the NFL preseason, Beckham Jr. shined during Giants practice. During minicamp and parts of training camp Giants fans could see Beckham Jr.’s spectacular catches one after another featured on Giants.com’s Top Moments of the Day.
Despite his outstanding display of athleticism, the whole Giants nation is concerned Beckham Jr.’s injury riddled preseason. After sustaining an injury to his hamstring, Beckham Jr. has been forced to miss practice multiple times and not been able to play in a single game this preseason. With the NFL regular season starting right around the corner, Giants fans are concerned if Beckham Jr. will be ready for the season opener against the Detroit Lions on September 8th at Ford Field.
My opinion is Beckham Jr. won’t be ready for the season opener. However, I feel he will be on the field for week two vs. the Arizona Cardinals and will serve as a valuable asset for the Giants offense in 2014. The reason being is the Giants have been very caution with his injury and have given him plenty of time to fully recover. Beckham Jr. will benefit from the ample amount treatment he has received from the trainers this preseason, as he will be back to 100% and be able to make big plays right away for the Giants just like he previously did for LSU. I expect big things from Beckham Jr. because he will help contribute to a dynamic wide receiver trio with Victor Cruz and Ruben Randle for the New York Giants offense (not to mention Randle was Beckham Jr.’s former college teammate at LSU, so they already have great team chemistry together). If healthy, Beckham Jr. has all the tools to contribute right away and become an illustrious wide-receiver for the Giants for years to come.