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Odell Beckham: Best of great class of rookie wide receivers?

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Where does ODB ranks on the list of rookie wide receivers?

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Is Odell Beckham the best of what is turning out to be a historically good class of rookie wide receivers? The New York Giants' rookie got a late start on his peers, missing the preseason and the first four games with a troublesome hamstring.

We will get the varied opinions on how to rank the rookies, and your chance will come in the comments. For now, here are some raw numbers. These are in order of where each player was selected in the first round.

Rookie Receivers (Round 1)
Sammy Watkins, Bills 11 48 684 5
Mike Evans, Buccaneers 10 49 841 8
Odell Beckham, Giants 7 41 609 5
Brandin Cooks, Saints 10 53 550 2
Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers 11 52 768 8
Best of the Rest

Jordan Matthews, Eagles (Round 2, 42nd) -- 11 games, 50 catches, 635 yards, 6 TDs

Allen Robinson, Jaguars (Round 2, 61st) -- 10 games, 48 catches, 548 yards, 2 TDs

Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (Round 2, 63rd) -- 11 games, 49 catches, 450 yards, 5 TDs

John Brown, Cardinals (Round 3, 91st) -- 11 games, 37 catches, 529 yards, 5 TDs

Opinions

NumberFire says that Beckham is the "best of the bunch" and uses the following chart to back that up:

Player Rec Rec NEP Target NEP Rec NEP/Target Catch Rate Success Rate
Mike Evans 46 69.4 42.48 0.98 64.79% 78.26%
Odell Beckham 31 44.4 22.48 0.93 64.58% 93.55%
Kelvin Benjamin 52 76.75 35.34 0.78 53.06% 88.46%
J. Matthews 44 53.08 30.42 0.77 63.77% 77.27%
Sammy Watkins 45 60.92 21.62 0.73 53.57% 93.33%
Allen Hurns 30 41.13 5.58 0.73 53.57% 80.00%
John Brown 32 42.33 17.1 0.69 52.46% 78.13%
Jarvis Landry 42 37.24 25 0.68 76.36% 80.95%
Taylor Gabriel 30 36.86 15.21 0.66 53.57% 86.67%
Brandin Cooks 53 41.58 25.65 0.6 76.81% 75.47%
Allen Robinson 48 41.17 11.7 0.51 59.26% 79.17%

***NEP is 'Net Expected Points'

Last week, the time period known as 'BTBC,' or 'Before The Beckham Catch,' NFL.com's Chris Wesseling wrote that four of six experts he polled chose Beckham as the guy who is at the head of the class. Here is one of the comments in Wesseling's piece:

"I've never seen a player quite like him," Gregg Rosenthal explained. "He just jumps off the screen. His hands, strength and ability to go deep. All the rookies are great and it's splitting hairs, but he seems like the most versatile and could have the highest ceiling."

Former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick ranks Beckham No. 2 behind Evans. He writes:

"I've been around football, man and boy, for more than 40 years. I had the pleasure of coaching Cris Carter and Randy Moss, and I saw them do special things on the field, but Beckham's stunning Sunday night snare was easily the most spectacular catch I've ever seen. That's not why he climbed to No. 2 on this list, however. Beckham's remarkable ball skills and superior movement skills are reminiscent of a young Steve Smith. As a fan of the game, I'm going to enjoy watching him for the next decade."

Your thoughts, Giants fans? Out of all of those rookie receivers, is there anyone you would rather have than Beckham? The floor is yours.