Is Odell Beckham Jr. nearing elite WR status?

HE's been on the NFL scene for just one year, but wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is making waves and capturing attention with his jaw dropping athleticism and eye popping plays. How close in the former LSU star to becoming elite at the NFL level?

Despite playing with a hamstring injury that he sustained during the season, Odell Beckham Jr. registered 5 receptions for 89 yards during the 2015 Pro Bowl, including an impressive 48 yard full-stretch grab thrown by Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford. His team, Team Irvin, came out victorious 32-38 against Team Carter but it was the Giants newly-discovered star that was the talk of the town.

Prior to the game, during warm ups, Beckham Jr. regaled fans with a series of one-handed grabs, a move that he is quickly laying sole claim to. The former soccer star further entertained ticket holders by nailing a 46 yard field goal attempt, something Tom Coughlin must surely have noted.

Beckham Jr., alongside Dallas’ Zack Martin, is widely regarded as the frontrunner for Offensive Player of the Year. Even though he missed the first 4 games of the season, the wide receiver finished the 2014 season with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. This is better put in perspective when one looks at the lengthy list of NFL records which includes being the only rookie in NFL history to have 75+ receptions, 1,110+ receiving yards, and 10+ Touchdowns in one season.

Given these statistics and his historic season, the topic becomes about Odell Beckham Jr. and (already) becoming an “elite” receiver. Although near the top in almost every major receiving category, he stands alone in the yards per game metric. At 108.8 yds/gm, Beckham Jr. was by far the most productive catcher in 2014 and converted many of those opportunities into scores. Further, this was his first season (shortened) and he is one of those players that is so uniquely athletic and naturally gifted that one can expect the phenom to only get better ala Dez Bryant.

There is no doubt that Beckham was a top 5, impact receiver in the 2014 NFL season. The question is whether he can sustain that excellence over the course of the next couple of seasons and help the New York Giants win a championship or two, only then will the one hand grab really mean something.


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