All in the family: Wide receivers

There are a lot of receivers with strong family connections to football in the 2014 draft. Whether it's a pair of half-brothers in the same draft or a relative of Jerry Rice, the family connection is strong at the position.



Odell Beckham Jr.: LSU Tigers

Odell's father, Odell Beckham Sr., played running back at Louisiana State from 1989-1992. His dad played in 28 games, starting nine times for the Tigers, rushing for 757 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. Odell's mother, Heather Van Norman, was an All-American track runner at LSU from 1991-93, during which time she helped lead the Lady Tigers to five national championships. Van Norman was a member of two NCAA Indoor titles in 1991 and 1993 and three-straight NCAA Outdoor titles from 1991-93. She left LSU as a six-time All-American and captured three individual NCAA titles as a member of LSU's relay teams during her senior season in 1993.

THEODIS Kain Colter: Northwestern Wildcats

Kain's father, Spencer Colter, lettered as a safety in 1991 for the Colorado Buffaloes and was a member of the school's scout team during their 1990 National Championship season.

Brandin Cooks: Oregon State Beavers

Brandin's stepbrother, Maurice Washington, played football at Texas A&M-Kingsville and was in the Oakland Raiders' training camp.

Mike Davis: Texas Longhorns

Michael's cousin, LaMarcus Reed, played basketball at Texas-Arlington from 2008-12. LaMarcus averaged 10.83 points and 3.5 rebounds, appearing in 115 games. He made 44.0% of his field goal tries (405-of-920), including 36.6% from three-point range (126-of-344) and was successful on 77.3% of his free throw chances (309-of-400).

Bruce Ellington: South Carolina Gamecocks

Bruce is the cousin of former Clemson All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back, Andre Ellington, who also wore number 23. Andre impressed as a rookie running back in 2013 as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, where he gained 652 yards with three touchdowns on 118 carries (5.5 ypc) and caught 39 passes for 371 yards (9.5 ypc), including one score.

Jarvis Landry: LSU Tigers

Jarvis' cousin, Glenn Dorsey, was a two-time All-American defensive tackle at Louisiana State and the winner of the Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott Awards following his senior season in 2007, a year that he led the Tigers to the national title. Dorsey was later selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Jarvis' brother, Gerard, played football at Southern University. During his four seasons at the Baton Rouge University, he caught 154 passes for 1,967 yards and 18 touchdowns as a Jaguar.

Cody Latimer: Indiana Hoosiers

Cody's late father, Colby Latimer, was a member of the Bowling Green football team in 1986.

Jordan Matthews: Vanderbilt Commodores

Jordan's cousin is legendary former San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame receiver, Jerry Rice.

Donte Moncrief: Mississippi "Ole Miss" Rebels

Donte is the cousin of former teammate, Mississippi wide receiver Shay Hodge, who caught 173 passes for 2,646 yards (15.3 ypc) and 22 touchdowns from 2006-09. As a senior, he led the Southeastern Conference with 70 receptions for 1,135 yards in 2009.

Paul Richardson: Colorado Buffaloes

Paul's father, Paul Sr., played wide receiver at UCLA (1989-91) and was in camps in the National Football League with Philadelphia (played in one game with the Eagles in 1993), Oakland, Green Bay and the New York Jets. At UCLA, his father played in 34 games, pulling down 40 passes for 549 yards (13.7 ypc) and three touchdowns.

Devin Street: Pittsburgh Panthers

Devin's father, Theodore, played football and ran track at Kutztown University. Devin's uncle, Alvin Street, played football at Tennessee State.

Sammy Watkins: Clemson Tigers

Sammy's half-brother, Jaylen Watkins, was a 2010 U.S. Army All-American and was the starting free safety as a member of the University of Florida football team (2010-13). Jaylen recorded 133 tackles (88 solos) with three interceptions and 21 pass deflections while starting 28-of-48 games during his Gators career.


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft.

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