Who said that the Cleveland Browns would be quiet on Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft?
With the No. 17 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Browns selected WR Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU.1 The Browns needed a big-time No. 1 wide receiver to lead their receiver unit. Cleveland is matching Beckham with his LSU teammate Jarvis Landry to hopefully form one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.
In his three seasons at LSU, Beckham caught 143 passes for 2,340 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior in his final season, he caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns. The receiver also adds great returning ability on special teams. He had 62 punt returns for an average of nine yards per return, including two punt return touchdowns. As a kick returner, he had 42 returns for an average of 24.9 yards per return.
So, what can the Browns expect from their newest wide receiver? Here is what I had to say about the former LSU Tiger before the draft:
Odell Beckham is a versatile receiver with the ability to help out on special teams, too. Gil Brandt of NFL.com says, “Beckham will be a star in the NFL both catching passes and returning kicks.” The Tiger alum is an agile receiver who is also very quick. He can take the ball and make defenders miss. He along with the previous receivers can take the catch and go for big yards after the catch. He can play anywhere on the field with the ability to play in the slot and also outside. Beckham can be a player who contributes right away because he can be a team’s kick returner and make plays in special teams. His weaknesses include his smaller size of 5’11”, 198 lbs and his concentration. He must make up for his smaller stature with his speed and quickness. Sometimes, he drops balls that are catchable and does not focus on catching the ball before trying to go up field.
Something tells me that this write-up is underrating this talented receiver. He has the talent to be a highlight reel receiver who can be the No. 1 receiver for the Browns. Here are some highlights of Beckham’s day at LSU to get you ready for what the Browns are getting in their newest wide receiver.