Pro Football Focus has released the penultimate installment of their 'Top 101 of 2014' feature, in which PFF detals the players who performed best outside of positional value. This means, thankfully, it's not a list full of quarterbacks. It actually gives fair appraisal to the entire talent-pool.
Coming in at No. 13 on the list is offensive rookie of the year, Madden cover winner, and all-round fan favorite ... Odell Beckham Jr.
Here's what PFF had to say about Beckham:
Incredible rookie season for a guy who didn't play in the first four weeks of the year. Beckham quickly made his presence felt causing Atlanta plenty of problems, but it wasn't until Week 12 where he really hit his stride. Then, spurred on by a catch that will live long in the memory of all who saw it, he was as good as any receiver and well worthy of all the praise that came his way.
Best Performance: Week 15, WAS @ NYG, +4.4
Key Stat: His 2.74 Yards Per Route Run were the most of any wide receiver.
It's hard to argue that this is a deserving allocation for a first-year player who blew the competition out of the water. The statistics, the analytics and the tape all speak in harmony of Beckham's accomplishments in 2014.
The PFF system primarily measures production and Beckham finished with a +20.4 grade, good enough for fourth-best overall last season. However, his 'Top 101' ranking puts him ahead of two of the three receivers who graded better than him. This is surely determined through achieving such a high score despite missing time in September.
By slotting No. 13 at 13th, it's clear that the PFF team is as in love with Beckham as the rest of us. Beckham is just the second Giants player to make this list, joining Johnathan Hankins, who came in at No. 69 overall.