New York Jets Draft Profile: LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.

By Stephen Conway
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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

In the latest CBS Sports mock draft, Pete Prisco has the New York Jets taking Odell Beckham Jr. out of LSU with the 18th overall pick.

Beckham Jr. was a dynamic, playmaking receiver for the Tigers, catching 59 passes for more than 1,000 yards receiving and eight scores this past season. At 6-foot, Beckham Jr. can be that No. 1 receiver that New York has so desperately needed for years now.

Beckham Jr. ran a 4.4 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, so he definitely has some speed. He would be a great complement to newly acquired Eric Decker as well, along with Jeremy Kerley.

As for strengths, Beckham Jr. has great hands, often catching anything remotely close to him. He has great acceleration, burst off the line of scrimmage, in addition to his keen vision and outstanding footwork. Beckham Jr. is extremely dangerous with the ball, and doubles as a threat returning on kick-offs.

As for weaknesses, Beckham Jr. doesn’t possess top flight speed, which doesn’t help with his average height. He sometimes will have butterfingers for hands, which is something that has plagued receiver Stephen Hill for the Jets on multiple occasions. Critics are also concerned about the fact that he only got in the end zone 12 times during his college career, questioning his impact in the redone.

Beckham is a clear upgrade over anything that New York had last year. While I believe this would be a great pickup, I do think if Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State is available, or Marquise Lee or Mike Evans slips to 18, the Jets should grab them. Otherwise, Beckham Jr. is a terrific pickup here.

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