Question 9: What are realistic expectations for first-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr.?
How about leading the NFL in both receptions and average kickoff return yardage? Oh, that’s not realistic? Really, this is a little hard to predict, because before training camp opens, we have no clue how much a rookie is going to play or exactly what roles he will fill when he is on the field. Assuming he is the third or fourth receiver, Beckham hopefully will catch at least 50 passes and score several touchdowns. He could also contribute as a returner, though I suspect the more he plays as a receiver the less likely it is that the Giants will ask him to handle those duties as a rookie. JOHN SCHMEELK:
If Beckham can be a factor in the return game, catch 50 passes, score five touchdowns and make some big plays, it will be a successful season for the Giants rookie wide receiver. The big plays will be much more important than the volume of receptions. DAN SALOMONE:
Last month on Giants.com we took a strictly numbers-based approach as to what to expect from Beckham. And based on what first-round wide receivers have done as rookies over the past five seasons, we came up with an average of roughly 40 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns. I think he can hit that average, but I’m going be cautious and say he won’t go over that, especially given his injury in OTAs.