With three years at LSU under his belt, Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. During his college years as a Tiger, Beckham had 141 receptions for 2,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Beckham’s best year at LSU was his final season where he had 57 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Jr. Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.43 seconds
Bench press – 7 reps
Vertical jump – 38.5 inch
Broad jump – 122.0 inch
3-cone drill – 6.69 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 3.94 seconds*
60-yard shuttle – 10.93 seconds*
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
It’s a known fact that the Kansas City Chiefs need a wide receiver and there’s a good chance that Beckham could become a Chief. Beckham would be just who the Chiefs need in a time where the offense could use an extra weapon for the quarterback to throw the ball to.
NFL.com says that Beckham has,
“Terrific leaping ability — climbs the ladder to snatch throws. Creates after the catch — shows burst and shiftiness as a runner. “
The Chiefs need a receiver who is going to commit to making big plays. From the quoted section above, it’s evident that Beckham could bring that commitment to Kansas City.
NFL.com continues on saying that Beckham is,
“Confident and competitive. Has kickoff- and punt-return experience. Productive three-year starter.”
With Dexter McCluster possibly out the door this offseason, the Chiefs need to find a new punt returner and it looks like Beckham could fill that role. He would also be an immediate starter, which is important because aside from Dwayne Bowe, there is no other immediate starting receiver on the Chiefs’ squad.
Now the fun part. According to CBSSports.com (last updated on March 3rd), Odell Beckham Jr. is ranked as the fourth best wide receiver and 24th best player in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is slated to go sometime in the first round and has been linked to Kansas City in a few mock drafts, including this one, also from CBSSports.com. Here’s a great explanation from the mock draft on why Beckham would be a great fit for Kansas City,
“In guiding the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and a return to the playoffs, quarterback Alex Smith proved worthy of the trade to acquire him from the 49ers. He’s a classic game-manager, however, who needs complementary playmakers around him to be at his best. Beckham is a dynamic athlete capable of providing the big plays necessary for the Chiefs to take the next step.”
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