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Odell Beckham Jr. selected by Team Irvin at Pro Bowl Draft

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Odell Beckham Jr. was the first rookie selected and will play for Team Irvin in the 2015 Pro Bowl

It’s a rare feat to be drafted twice in one year.

But thanks to the new Pro Bowl format, Odell Beckham Jr. did just that.

The rookie wide receiver, whom the Giants selected 12th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft last May, was taken fourth on Wednesday night in the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft, held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in advance of the annual NFL all-star game on Sunday.

>> LIVE 2015 PRO BOWL COVERAGE

“It’s crazy re-living that little draft experience. I’m the fourth pick. I’ll definitely take that and I think we’ll negotiate a new contract and stuff right now,” Beckham joked. “But I’m definitely looking forward to this experience.”

And the man on the other side of the negotiations is Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, the alumni team captain who snatched up Beckham before fellow Gold Jacket receiver and opposing captain Cris Carter could get him.

“Cris and Irvin… are guys who I’ve talked to and kind of tried to pick their brains,” Beckham said. “I didn’t know which team I was going to be on, but I’m happy to be part of Team Irvin.”

It makes sense that Irvin and Beckham, the first Giants rookie wide receiver ever selected to the Pro Bowl, would be on the same team. While breaking league and franchise records with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, Beckham joined Irvin as the only players in NFL history to post nine consecutive games with at least 90 receiving yards. Irvin did so in 1995.

Meanwhile, to no surprise, Team Irvin turned into Team Cowboys.

In addition to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and his staff leading the team, Irvin, who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, drafted six current players from the NFC East rivals, including quarterback Tony Romo.

Now they are Beckham’s teammates.

But don’t fret, Giants fans. It ends Sunday night.

“I kind of feel like I’m playing for the Cowboys right now with all the guys that were picked,” Beckham said. “I asked somebody, ‘Is this the Cowboys or Team Irvin?’ Mike’s a Cowboy guy, so no bad blood or anything like that, for now, until next year. And then I guess the rivalry will resume.”


The first 10 picks of the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft:

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
2. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
3. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
4. Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
5. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
6. Tyron Smith, T, Cowboys
7. Patrick Peterson, CB, Cardinals
8. Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers
9. Mario Williams, DE, Bills
10. Cameron Wake, DE, Dolphins