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Giants select WR Odell Beckham Jr.

With the No. 12 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants selected WR Odell Beckham Jr. out of Louisiana State University.

“A dynamic outside receiver, a dynamic punt returner and a dynamic kick returner,” Giants GM Jerry Reese said of Beckham. Beckham had too much value and need for us at that spot.”

The 21 year old is listed at 5 feet 11 inches tall and 198 pounds.

“It’s an overwhelming experience. I’m so happy to be a Giant,” Beckham said.

Beckham is considered a multipurpose talent as a wide receiver and return specialist. In 2013, Beckham received the Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player. His 26.41 yard kickoff return average in 2013 was the third-best in SEC history (minimum 30 returns).

“This particular individual was somebody that, quite frankly, we favored on the board all along,” Tom Coughlin said. “We had a great impression by him in Indianapolis, the scouts stood up for him. He is a guy that can run kicks back, run punts back, play the wide receiver position. He has great speed, he’s polished, he’s talented, he has big hands, he has played at the top of the level in college football.

USATSI_7904483_110579513_lowres“His head coach speaks very, very highly of him as a worker in addition, as a great example to the other receivers, so we felt like this is someone who would help us a great deal to put the ball in the end zone, be a guy that we can count on to help us score some points, be another weapon that we can utilize as a wide receiver but in addition we can certainly feature him in the kicking game as well,” the head coach said.

“We think this guy is a weapon,” Reese said.

In 2013, Beckham caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. He added five rushes for 58 yards.

“It couldn’t have worked out any better. A perfect situation,” Beckham said. “I definitely think I can come in, and if I get the opportunity to play, I can bring a lot of things.”

Beckham followed in his father’s footsteps in playing for the Tigers. Odell, Sr. was a running back for LSU from 1989-92, playing in 28 games. His mother, Heather Van Norman, was an All-America track runner for LSU from 1991-93, helping lead the Lady Tigers to five national championships. Beckham attended the same high school as Eli and Peyton Manning, Isadore Newman.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Just a great athlete with a solid attitude. Tight with current Giant and former Tiger teammate, Rueben Randle. An elusive playmaker on both offense and specials.



699 comments
Ricky Shaw
Ricky Shaw

Yes, top notch college receiver !

Stanwyn Days
Stanwyn Days

Giants, need a new quarterback !.... nobody threw more interceptions than Ely Manning last year....why they a got WR I will never know ?.....oh I guess so they can trade'em in two years.....

Stephen Gauthier
Stephen Gauthier

The game starts and ends with the O and D line... Build a team from the inside out and you are built for success

Teresa Immen
Teresa Immen

Especially since I'm one of the biggest LSU fans ever

Matthew Filosa
Matthew Filosa

David Huguenel, the big LSU fan, what do you think?

JaVonne Armstrong
JaVonne Armstrong

Oh yeah, and another safety in case Will Hill loses his case :-/

JaVonne Armstrong
JaVonne Armstrong

I'm learning to love the pick! Eli does need more weapons. Cruz needed a decoy. Great that we picked up a Center. Ok for the DL move, but we NEED a tight end now...please

Josh Freeman Henderson
Josh Freeman Henderson

of course a person from my favorite college football team playin with my favorite professional football team what would be better :) :)

Curtis Jordan
Curtis Jordan

Wanted Donald but Beckham is a rare talent. Hopefully Jerrigan in the 2nd.

Michael Chisholm
Michael Chisholm

Im happy with it gonna need another weapon now that nix is gone

Gary R Holsomback
Gary R Holsomback

Hopefully the o line trade pickups will allow Eli to get the ball to him and cruz

David Alper
David Alper

Hear what y'all are saying...so we dont employ a TE in this west coast McAdoo offense? just asking all you JR apologists...

Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes

U better hope Eli has enough time to throw it to him. Should've taken z. Martin

George Kross
George Kross

good pick G-men. Beckham jr is the most polished wr and the most nfl ready wr in this draft . I know we still need some o-line help, but we couldn't pass up on Beckham

Tom Lampert
Tom Lampert

Love it, but also could have gotten Jordan Matthews or Cody Latimer second round and opted for Aaron Donald to plug the middle

Robert Maupin
Robert Maupin

I think its all right he's a good team player and we need a short guy out there. He's a special weapon in the red zone. All in all good pick. Our o-line will be fine last year was all snee. He's lost it

Marc Gonick
Marc Gonick

Finally a Giants player that my "adopted Louisiana family" and I can agree on and rout for!! Great pick!

Peter Garcia
Peter Garcia

we should have drafted Aaron Donald more longevity out of a defensive lineman than a Wide Receiver. But Beckham is a beast so lets do it.

Chris Lacke
Chris Lacke

Just a thought on the O-line situation: Karl Nelson - 3rd round Chris Godfrey - undrafted, 6 games for the Jets in 1980, no NFL experience again until 1984 Bart Oates - came from the USFL after a Mormon mission Billy Ard - 8th round Brad Benson - 8th round Of all of the Giants' offensive linemen on that Super Bowl team, the only first rounder was William Roberts, and he didn't start a single game that season.

Bill Hodge
Bill Hodge

could help the team. but i`m still pist about tuck going to ockland.

Darren Blanchard
Darren Blanchard

and wrf are they doing about the defense?A pop warner football team could have scored on them last year...so humilliated to be a fan!!!!!!

Darren Blanchard
Darren Blanchard

i think the entire giants admin needs to lose their jobs,what a bunch of dumbasses

Iggi Husar
Iggi Husar

No. I wanted giants to pick Zack Martin.

Mark B Mayer
Mark B Mayer

I love the pick, provided he still has a growth spurt in him. 6'3"?

Stacy Ann Genzone Sullivan
Stacy Ann Genzone Sullivan

My Son(who is an Eagles fan) is pissed that the Giants got Beckham so I'm hoping that means it was great for The Giants!!