LSU’s Odell Beckham is intriguing

Although not exactly the type of receiver the Seahawks will necessarily be looking for, I’m adding LSU’s Odell Beckham to my watch-list for the year.

He’s around 6-0 and listed at just 187lbs, but I get the feeling he has a future in the NFL. Beckham’s got big hands for a guy lacking elite size, great acceleration and a tendency to make big plays. He’ll also provide instant value as a return man.

Take a look at the video above vs UAB and watch the first clip. It’s blatant showing off, but I’ve never seen anyone make a one handed catch on a kick off return before. Not that it makes any difference. But it’s a neat party trick.

He’s very sudden with his movements. He’ll cut and juke quickly with the ball in his hands. I like the way he runs his routes. Beckham appears to have good hands and sound body control.

His frame is also well proportioned and he’s competing for the ball on a couple of difficult catches in the UAB tape. That’s a positive sign. There’s some YAC potential on screens and quick hitters, while LSU has him running end-around’s.

Take a look at the video and let me know what you think.

And yeah — Zach Mettenberger really needs to dump his ‘celebration’.


  1. Kenny Sloth

    I’m convinced that Kelly will take Manziel in the first round if he comes out. Kelly has always seemed enamored with Johnny Football and even has a “the one that got away” type history with him.

  2. Rory

    Reminds me a bit of Markus Wheaton, maybe not as much straight line speed. I like the hands though, has the body control and speed to be a deep threat, and also the quickness to be dangerous on underneath routes and screens.

    On the slim chance that percy doesn’t work out, he could be a cheap substitute. As it is now, we need a big wr much more than the shifty kind. I would consider him a 2nd/3rd rounder, if he continues to perform at a decent level throughout the season.

  3. Kenny Sloth

    Hey, Rob. I’ve got a potential baby shower present for you. Tell me what you think of Brett Smith from Wyoming. He almost beat Nebraska and is a ridiculous dual threat guy. Tilt the field intangibles. Accurate. Film rat. In the postgame from Nebraska he said he almost always knew presnap what Nebraska was trying to do. Clearly knows and loves the game. The only real concern I have is arm strength. His mechanics have improved drastically every year he’s been at Wyo. Throws receivers open. Great pocket presence. Hard nosed runner. Almost stubborn when he runs. Wants to initiate contact in the open field (an odd positive and severe negative.)

    His receivers drop lots of balls. He looks like he has small hands. His release is so fast. Doesn’t pat. Doesn’t crow step. Could progress through reads better, but he has active feet in the pocket, holds the ball high, ready to throw, keeps the ball up when rolling out.

    Looks like a mix between Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger to me.

    Seems extremely loyal to Wyo, though. They can’t do anything without him.
    Probably won’t forgo his senior season. Why would he? Not on many draft radars, anyway.

    Just a player to keep an eye on and potentially begin to drool over.

    • Rob Staton

      I’ve seen him a couple of times. Had a mixed opinion at the time. I’ll go back and look at the tape again.

    • Colin Sowards

      I watched him play the Vandals there in Wyoming. Not impressed.

      • Kenny Sloth

        Didn’t he shred them? And his WRs dropped like the first 9 passes. That’s almost not even an exaggeration, yo.

        Watch the tape. A lot can be lost in live viewing. I mean. Imagine if he had pro receivers. Players that could jump, that had timing, that were a step faster.

        My only real concerns are hand size and arm strength.

        Although, I’ll admit that I can get pretty idealistic in scouting. Sometimes I just WANT a player to succeed so bad I’ll underplay his weaknesses in my own mind.
        Right now I see a hard hard worker with great intangibles, great mechanics (follow through could use some work), and a shitty supporting cast. He’s the kind of guy that makes those around him better.

        Give me some legit analysis to prove otherwise.

        Also, he’s a Gemini (week of new language), if you’re into that kind of stuff.

  4. Miles

    Beckham seems like a quick receiver with big, strong hands, explosive returning ability. Physically he’s a Seahawk-y player. But I noticed in the video he pretty much only ran double moves for pretty much all of his receptions. Asking him to begin to translate his game to NFL route-running seems like a big proposition from this video, as it will with most rookie receivers.

  5. Darnell

    Rob, curious what you think of Ed Stinson?

    • Rob Staton

      Not someone I’ve come across so far. Will add to my list.

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