It was a wild first day of the 2014 NFL Draft. Four trades and quarterback Johnny Manziel falling to the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 22 were just a few of the chaotic events that transpired at Radio City Music Hall.
To some Giants fans this was a surprising pick, but the G-Men always had Beckham on their radar.
"He was one of our ‘watch' guys," said Giants VP of Player Evaluations Marc Ross.
When the time came for the Giants to pick at 12, Ross says it was easy choice to select Beckham.
"We always talk about guys but he was the highest guy on our board, so it makes it easy, at a position that we thought that we could get better at so it made it easy," noted Ross.
Beckham Jr.'s versatility was big reason why Giants decided to draft him with No. 12 overall, instead of picking an offensive lineman like Notre Dame offensive tackle Zach Martin, who was still on the board when the Giants picked.
" We think he's a dynamic receiver and returner, by far the most versatile receiver in the draft," said Ross of Beckham Jr. "He can make explosive plays in a variety of ways – receiving, punt returns, kick returns. He's polished, smart, great work ethic, so he just fit all the criteria that we look for."
Besides his play on the field, Beckham really impressed the Giants as person during their one on one interviews at the NFL Combine back in February.
"When we do those interviews, certain ones stick out as soon as you come in the room, the way they carry themselves, the way they communicate, the way they talk about football," Ross said of Beckham Jr. during the interviewing process. Those are the things we look for. He was outstanding. A humble guy, great upbringing, great pedigree and just talking film, talking football with him, he was one of the sharpest ones that we had." Beckham though has shown how the person he is off the field is want he is on the field. With selecting Beckham, the Giants give quarterback Eli Manning another weapon on the outside and a player that can be a huge contributor in the return game as well.
"I think he kind of has a unique skill set", said Ross.
Those unique skills sets with be on display for Giants fans this season and hopefully Beckham can use those skills to become a great NFL wide receiver and potentially make Giants fans say Hakeem Nicks who?