The Giants select Odell Beckham, Jr. with the 12th overall pick
With the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants selected LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
Not only did OBJ's father play running back for LSU, but his mother was an All-American track athlete and his speed is a big part of his game.
Dangerous with the ball in the open field, Beckham Jr. finished with 59 receptions for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged 19.5 yards per reception. Beckham broke LSU's single-season record with 2,222 all-purpose yards in 2013.
Considering how badly Eli Manning struggled last season, it made sense for the Giants to use this pick for either someone to help protect Manning, who was sacked a career-high 39 times, or add a weapon to join Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, etc.
On a related note, one of my favorite players in this draft is OBJ's teammate Jarvis Landry, who led the team in receiving with 77/1,193/10. While he doesn't possess Beckham's physical gifts, specifically the speed, Landry has outstanding hands and toughness with the ability to make contested grabs in traffic.
Both Beckham Jr. and Landry should have outstanding careers.
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