New York Giants Make Mistake Taking Odell Beckham Jr in 2014 NFL Draft

By Evan Slavit
Odell Beckham Jr
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The New York Giants selected Odell Beckham Jr. with their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There is no denying the talent that Beckham has, but the Giants should’ve looked offensive line in the first round.

Offensive line was the biggest problem for the Giants last season. While they made several signings during the offseason, most of those players are on one-year deals. Not to mention the only center on the roster with any starting experience hasn’t been on the field in almost two years, and their starting right guard is still a question mark going into the season.

Zach Martin was still on the board; he could’ve been a backup at both right guard for the aging and injury-prone Chris Snee, or for J.D. Walton, the center. He also had the skills to play outside at tackle, meaning the Giants could’ve played him at right tackle and moved Justin Pugh to the left side if Will Beatty struggled coming back from his injury, or even experiment with Martin protecting Eli Manning‘s blindside.

There is no denying Beckham is a talented receiver, but at 5-foot-11 Beckham is not the type of receiver the Giants needed; they needed an outside threat to replace the departed Hakeem Nicks, especially since their best receiver, Victor Cruz, plays in the slot.

Beckham might prove to be an outside receiver since he is known to play bigger than his stature, but this receiver class was deep. The Giants could’ve easily found a talented receiver in the second round, while addressing the offensive line in the first.

Evan Slavit is a New York Giants writer for Follow him on twitter @EvanSlavit, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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