Experts analyze Odell Beckham, Jr. selection

Posted May 8, 2014

Media experts give their take on the Giants selection of Odell Beckham, Jr.

Read rapid reactions on the Giants’ first-round selection of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out of LSU. Let us know your grade of the draft so far in the comments section below.
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Pete Prisco,

“B+ I might be in the minority on this pick, but I like it. He will be better than Mike Evans. They need a receiver to go with Victor Cruz.”

Bill Polian, ESPN

“Beckham is a smooth and explosive athlete who brings a dangerous element after the catch and as a returner. He showed tremendous improvement throughout the course of last season with his release and ball skills. Beckham has been compared to former Rams WR Isaac Bruce and has the potential to develop into a strong No. 2 wideout.”

Gil Brandt,

“Wouldn't shock me if Beckham ends up having the best career of all WRs in this draft. Great pick for #Giants.”

Doug Farrar,

“In 2013, with first-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron running a more expansive passing game, Beckham caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. At the scouting combine drills, I was specifically impressed with his ability among all the receivers in his group to grasp and show that he's a complete receiver and not just a guy who runs fast in a straight line. There shouldn't be any problem when he is asked to do the same for the Giants. This is a major win for a team in need of new weapons.”

Marc Sessler,

“Big Blue swooped in with the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to grab wide receiver Odell Beckham out of LSU. It marks the seventh time in nine years that the Giants tapped the draft for wideout help, and the decision fills an immediate need for New York's offense.

“The 5-foot-11 Beckham brings field-stretching ability and comparisons from some to Antonio Brown of the Steelers. It was whispered that the Jets wanted him badly, but he'll make for a tantalizing addition alongside [Victor] Cruz and help fill the void left by Hakeem Nicks.”
Chris Korman, Maggie Hendricks, Brent Sobleski and Steven Ruiz, USA TODAY Sports

“Eli Manning is a happy man. After losing Hakeem Nicks in the offseason, the Giants replaced him with the most pro-ready wide receiver in the draft class. Beckham can make the type of catches that will help Manning and his erratic accuracy. Beckham should play outside and take pressure of Victor Cruz, who predominantly lines up in the slot.”