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
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|
***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."
"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.