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What to expect from Giants' first round pick?

First-round draft picks, especially skill players, always face high expectations as rookies.


In due time, we'll see with Odell Beckham Jr., who last week became the fifth wide receiver drafted by the Giants in the first round since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. has taken a look at how past first-round receivers fared in their rookie seasons for Big Blue as well as around the NFL.

If you go by league averages over the past five seasons, Beckham could be looking at around 40 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns. However, remember that every player, every team, and every year are separate cases.

First-round wide receivers for Giants since 1970 AFL-NFL merger

2013 (12th overall pick): Odell Beckham, LSU
Rookie season: TBD
Giants career: TBD

2009 (29th): Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
Rookie season: 14 G, 6 GS, 47 REC, 790 YDS (16.8 AVG), 6 TD
Giants career (2009-2013): 70 G, 311 REC, 4,622 YDS, 27 TD, 9th all-time in receiving yards and catches


Photos from wide receiver Ike Hilliard's career with the Giants

1997 (7th): Ike Hilliard, Florida**
Rookie season: 2 G, 2 GS, 2 REC, 42 YDS (21.0 AVG), 0 TD
Giants career (1997-2004): 98 G, 368 REC, 4,630 YDS, 27 TD, 5th all-time in catches

1994 (24th): Thomas Lewis, Indiana
Rookie season: 9 G, 0 GS, 4 REC, 46 (11.5 AVG), 0 TD
Giants career (1994-1997): 34 G, 74 REC, 1,032 YDS, 5 TD


1987 (28th): Mark Ingram, Michigan State
**Rookie season: 9 G, 2 REC, 32 YDS (18.0 AVG), 0 TD
Giants career (1987-1992): 76 G, 136 REC, 2,211 YDS, 11 TD, 25th all-time in receiving yards

As far as the rest of the NFL is concerned, here is a look at the past five years of first-round receivers and their rookie campaigns:

YEARSEL #PLAYERSCHOOLTEAMRECYDSTD20138Tavon AustinW. VirginiaRams404184201327DeAndre HopkinsClemsonTexans528022201329Cordarrelle PattersonTenn.Vikings45469420125Justin BlackmonOkla. St.Jaguars648655201213Michael FloydNotre DameCardinals455622201220Kendall WrightBaylorTitans646264201230A.J. JenkinsIllinois49ers00020114A.J. GreenGeorgiaBengals651,057720116Julio JonesAlabamaFalcons549598201126Jonathan BaldwinPittsburghChiefs212541201022Demaryius ThomasG. TechBroncos222832201024Dez BryantOkla. St.Cowboys45561620097Darrius Heyward-BeyMarylandRaiders91241200910Michael CrabtreeTexas Tech49ers486252200919Jeremy MaclinMissouriEagles567734200922Percy HarvinFloridaVikings607906200929Hakeem NicksUNCGiants477906200930Kenny BrittRutgersTitans427013

Average receptions:43.3
Average yards: 592.2
Average touchdowns: 3.7

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