LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr., a wide receiver, became the 12th overall pick for the New York Giants on Thursday night, May 8, 2014 in the 2014 NFL Draft according to local news reports. Beckham became the highest drafted wide receiver in LSU's history with the pick and only the 6th LSU Tiger to be drafted in the first round.
Beckham will be joining fellow former Tiger, Rueben Randle, who left LSU after his junior year and was drafted by the Giants in 2012. Beckam will also be welcomed by a fellow New Orleans Isidore Newman High School graduate, Eli Manning.
Beckham holds the LSU record for most all-purpose yardage set in LSU's history with 2,315 yards in 2013 and ranks No. 2 for the SEC record. His total for his three years at LSU stands at 4,118 all-purpose yards. Beckham finished his career at LSU with a total of 15 touchdowns.
In 2013, Beckham won the Paul Hornung Award for being the most versatile football player in the nation. He also earned first-team All-America honors in his junior years as a return specialist and for returning kicks.
Beckham was expected to be drafted in the first round and was in New York City for the announcement. He had this to say after the announcement that the New York Giants had chosen him, “Having (Randle) here will help me make the transition easier. This is just such a great feeling. It will also be special playing with Rueben. I remember him showing me the ropes and throwing balls with him in camp. Seeing his jersey hung up gave me some added inspiration to get here."
The New York Giants football coach also made a statement after the selection of Beckham saying, “We’re excited, let’s put it that way. This particular individual was somebody that, quite frankly, we favored on the board all along. We had a great impression by him in Indianapolis, the scouts stood up for him. He is a guy that can run kicks back, run punts back, play the wide receiver position.
He has great speed, he’s polished, he’s talented, he has big hands, he has played at the top of the level in college football. His head coach speaks very, very highly of him as a worker in addition, as a great example to the other receivers, so we felt like this is someone who would help us a great deal to put the ball in the end zone, be a guy that we can count on to help us score some points, be another weapon that we can utilize as a wide receiver but in addition we can certainly feature him in the kicking game as well."
Beckham will certainly be ready to hook up with Rueben Randle on the field. The two were very effective while playing together in Tiger Stadium under head coach Les Miles. Beckham will also be a target for special teams for the New York Giants. The New Orleans native is expected to settle in quickly in New York and be an asset to the Giants in the coming year.