NFL: Giants Grab Odell Beckham Jr. in First Round

Day one of the draft is over, and the Giants used its 12th pick to select wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Going into round one, Zack Martin was a popular option for the Giants offensive line, but they chose to take their pick elsewhere to draft a much-needed wide receiver.

With Hakeem Nicks gone, Beckham will serve as a good compliment to receiver Victor Cruz. He has quick hands and he’s fast, with the ability to make great catches and secure the ball. His ability to make big plays will be positive for Eli Manning, who had a rough 2013 season.

Beckham attended Louisiana State and played wide receiver. He was a three-year starter who caught 59 passes, ran 1,152 yards and scored eight touchdowns in his 2013 season. Many consider him to be the most pro-ready wide receiver in the draft, although he has shown to be inconsistent.

Grade: A

The Giants addressed its need for another weapon on offense. Beckham was one of the best wide receivers available and he will bring a lot of help to Manning, who showed last season that he is in desperate need of it.

As the second and third round of the draft approach, the Giants have to decide on whom they want to secure. With the current condition of its offensive line, an offensive lineman would be a great addition to the team’s roster.

Some remaining players include Cyrus Kouandjio, Morgan Moses and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Moses is a large player with great arm length who is good at protecting the arc. He played for Virginia and caught the attention of many scouts in the Senior Bowl. In the combine he had the slowest 10-yard split at 2.08 seconds and managed 21.5 inches in the vertical jump, one of the lowest scores among offensive lineman.

Seferian-Jenkins is capable of being a great tight end. He attended Washington and entered the 2013 season with 110 catches, holding the school’s career record for tight ends. He’s good in size at six-foot-five and weighs 262 pounds. The player could bring some baggage to the team, after being arrested in 2013 for a DUI, but overall might be one of the best picks for the Giants.

Kouandjio could become a valuable tackle with the ability to control defenders. He went to the University of Alabama and shows a lot of versatility. His biggest problem is the lack of quickness, as he tied for the slowest 40 time in the combine, finishing in 5.63 seconds.

Round two and three of the draft continue Friday night.

Megan Plain

Megan Plain

Megan is a sophomore attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She was raised in Southern California and grew up and avid sports fan. In her spare time you will find her at the beach or watching Netflix. You can follow Megan on Twitter @MeganPlain

 

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