Odell Beckham is just too good

October 26th, 2013 | Written by Rob Staton

I’m going to write a bigger piece on the receiver class later, but I had to highlight yet another brilliant play from Odell Beckham today (in a surprisingly close game for LSU against Furman).

You can see the play here.

He’s not the biggest receiver, but you won’t find a better competitor. Every single week he makes a grab like this, in traffic.

He ended the game with six catches for 204 yards and added this score late on. He did muff a punt in the game, which is a bit of a collectors item.

Even so, in a year where Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins and Marqise Lee are getting most of the attention, Beckham deserves a lot more praise. He’s a NFL receiver playing in college.

25 Responses to “Odell Beckham is just too good”

  1. Kyle says:

    Rob,

    Thanks for turning me on to this guy, and I am impressed with him. I also became a Brandon Coleman fan because of you, but he didn’t have any stats in the game today. I didn’t see the game, so was he out or simply not targeted?

  2. KyleT says:

    That’s a great play yet again by Beckham. Do you think that there is any argument for the seahawks drafting another small ish receiver no matter how good he is? Especially assuming rice is gone next year. Or do you see this as a replacement to tate if he walks? Between Evans, Beckham Jr and Coleman, who do you pick assuming we go into the draft w/ Harvin, Tate, Baldwin and Kearse in the receiving room?

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      If they all are available when we pick? Evans. But he could’ve played himself into the top 15.

      Although, bigger, possession receivers have a tendency to drop.

      • KyleT says:

        Yeah Evans isn’t a prototype #1. People looking for his type may also go after Ebron or other possession type weapons. My opinion is we will be one of those teams taking whomever falls out of Evans, Ebron and Coleman

      • Rob Staton says:

        They also have a tendency to look average at the next level when the game quickens up.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I think if you lose Golden Tate and potentially have to cut Rice for cap reasons, a guy like Beckham would be a good fit.

      • Attyla the Hawk says:

        Agreed. Although I expect he may be gone before the bottom of the first as you do. I don’t see us moving up to get him. I honestly expect him to not last past San Francisco who will be picking before us.

  3. dave crockett says:

    I’d appreciate your take on L’Damien Washington (Mizzou) as a mid-round guy.

  4. Darnell says:

    Beckham,Watkins,Lee,Evans,Coleman – could be a very good class early if you are looking for a starting caliber WR with upside.

    I really like Abbredaris too; could probably be had a round later than his skill level warrants for the same reason Jordy Nelson and Eric Decker went later than they should have.

    • Michael says:

      “the same reason Jordy Nelson and Eric Decker went later than they should have.”

      What is the reason for this? Is it simply their whiteness, or were there actual reasons?

  5. Ukhawk says:

    Agree, he has NFL skills. What I like best about him is that he looks fast and explosive. This is exactly what our offense has been missing. Harvin will solve some of that but this guy would provide something different – a deep threat. Also LSUs other receiver is turning in some great performances.

  6. Clayton says:

    Say a miracle happens and Beckham falls to the Seahawks next year. Who returns kickoffs, Beckham or Harvin?

    • Rob Staton says:

      The kick off return has basically dropped out of the game unfortunately, which is a shame. Returning a kick these days just guarantees more often than not that you don’t get back to the 20.

    • KyleT says:

      I want Harvin returning kicks every day and twice on Sundays :)

    • CC says:

      Kearse will probably still be the regular guy. You can’t afford to have Percy run too many kickoffs back. He’s dynamic, but you don’t want to risk your investment.

  7. Phil says:

    Speaking of wide receivers, how much credence do you place in the rumors (http://nfl.si.com/2013/10/27/nfl-trade-rumors-larry-fitzgerald-darren-mcfadden/)about Larry Fitzgerald? No way do I see him traded to an NFC West team although I bet the 49ers would love to have him. Arizona’s poor QB play has sure had an adverse effect on his career stats, but not on his wallet.

      • Rob Staton says:

        I think it’s a laughable suggestion that the Cards are willing to trade Fitz, especially after winning yesterday.

        • Colin says:

          Is it?

          The Cardinals don’t have a franchise QB, and Carson Palmer is only going to get worse. Perhaps they are accepting the situation their predecessors refused to: You are going to have to rebuild at some point and stop acquiring stopgap players.

          Trading Fitz makes you worse in the short term, but could pay dividends in the long haul.

          • Rob Staton says:

            He’s 31 next year on a cap hit of about $20m. His contract is untradeable right off the bat and goes on to about 2017. Unless they’re simply desperate to shift the contract, they’re not going to get any value for Fitz.

            Secondly, I just don’t see what benefit there is to trading the one player they have on offense of real quality. Presumably they’re going to break in a new QB in the next season. That has to be a given. Trading Fitz takes away the one reliable target he’d have. Michael Floyd isn’t fit to lace his shoes. For me it’d be the dumbest move they could ever make — comparable to trading a pro bowl left tackle moments before drafting a rookie QB.

            They’ve come out today and said they want him to be in Arizona for life. I’m not sure they have much choice.

            • Kenny Sloth says:

              Not that I necessarily disagree, but aren’t you selling Michael Floyd a bit short? He’s certainly got the potential to be a legit number one in the future.

              • Rob Staton says:

                I felt in college he’d end up being a pretty average NFL receiver. I’ve not seen anything so far that’s made me want to change that assessment.