Odell Beckham has a difficult decision to make for himself once LSU wraps its season up in a bowl game that will be determined Sunday on whether to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft or to return for his senior season at LSU.
Many, including myself, have already assumed the 6-0, 187-pound receiver is a safe bet to turn pro, but Bleacher Reports NFL Draft lead writer, Matt Miller thinks that’s no safe bet just yet.
“The LSU Tigers are expected to lose a large number of underclassmen to this year’s draft, but don’t automatically count wide receiver Odell Beckham among them. Sources tell me Beckham isn’t likely to leave school unless he’s thought to be a top-15 pick.”
This should be good news for LSU fans, because as outstanding as Beckham has been this season racking up 57 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns while being an extraordinary returner the loaded group of receivers in this draft likely pushes him outside of that top 15 and perhaps the first round entirely.
Beckham is ranked at the 69th best prospect currently by Todd McShay of Scouts Inc, but Miller believes he is a first round player. “Beckham is a first-round talent, but his chances of going in the top 15 will be affected by the decisions of teammate Jarvis Landry and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins,” Miller said.
Watkins is as good as gone and could be a top-10 pick, but could Beckham return to LSU because his teammate Landry departs and pushes him down draft boards?
The group of receivers in this draft which is likely to also include underclassmen Marqise Lee, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Paul Richardson and perhaps Donte Moncrief, Beckham may find its in his best interest to return and take his chances in a thinner crop of receivers in 2015.
I’d expect Beckham to file paperwork with the NFL Draft advisory board and see what the reports are, because it’s a fairly wide range of opinion on Beckham. If he’s solid on returning unless he’s a top-15 pick, then that’s cause for a celebration for LSU fans, because what seemed like a guarantee that Beckham is gone could be an early Christmas present for Tiger Nation.