Our long national nightmare is over, guys. We did it. We got here.
While my top pick would've been Aaron Donald, ODB is an incredible consolation prize. I have him as a borderline top 10 selection.
Breaking Him Down
I said it in my prospect profile, but he reminds me so much of a Hakeem Nicks....only faster, healthier.
I kept banging the drum. he plays like he's 6-foot-5 even though he's only 6 foot. It's because it's true.
Route running....check. Superior movement skills, flashes speed, flashes acceleration in and out of his cuts.
Speed...check. Unofficial 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine, 4.4 official. Plenty fast.
Catch radius...check. He high points the ball better than anybody in this draft not named Mike Evans.
Reliablity....check. Doesn't drop balls.
Take a look at a few of these charts from Greg Peshek of Rotoworld.com
As you can tell, Beckham catches most of his balls in the 11-20 yard range. That is the ideal WCO range. This was a McAdoo pick through and through. He's a perfect fit.
He had the third-most yards after catch, but most important is the yards from the line of scrimmage. He dwarfs everybody else. Why is that important? You can manufacture YAC. Not so with Yards from LOS. For that you have to run your route and beat your guy. ODB did that consistently.
Now take a look at this one:
This dude runs his routes. He didn't run the "Go" route too much, but hell, that's the easiest one to do. He had much more experience than any of these other WRs (aside from Landry). So he really knows how to run these routes and again, McAdoo will be thrilled.
Now this probably doesn't put Beckham in a great light, but consider this, NCAA average is a little over 7%. This was comparing a bunch of the most surehanded WRs in this draft. So Beckham is NOT going to hurt you there.
So here's the thing. I'm not worried about his size. It's not all about size. It's about how you use what you've got.
He's going to use all of his size. ALL OF IT.
People will compare him to Victor Cruz. He runs routes similarly to Victor Cruz. Except faster and with a bigger catch radius.
You guys said no more square pegs into round holes. This isn't Kevin Gilbride's offense anymore, it's Ben McAdoo's. If his is anything like what I think it's going to be, you've got your perfect fit right here.
I leave you with this, from HFX HD
Odell Beckham Jr || LSU Highlights ᴴᴰ (via HFX HD)