While there were a number of names banded about before the first round of the draft, the New York Giants appear to have been fairly certain about opting for Louisiana State wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as their opening pick. Head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese were clearly keen on adding some pace to their offence and bolstering Eli Manning’s options after a tough year for the quarterback.
With Hakeem Nicks spending much of the past two seasons sidelined with injury and Reuben Randle still struggling to find any real consistency, the Giants made it a priority to find a wide receiver to help take some of the pressure off Victor Cruz. After missing out on the playoffs for the past two seasons, the Giants have made no secret they are looking to give Manning everything he needs to start getting the best out of this offensive unit and give bet365 fans something to think about ahead of the new season.
At just 5 feet 11 inches and 198 pounds, Beckham isn’t the biggest wide receiver the Giants could have gone for in this draft, but the 21-year’s raw speed and ability to return kicks and punts made him an obvious choice for the Giants management.
“We tried to get the quarterback some weapons. The quarterback needs some help. This guy is a weapon. It was an easy pick for us,” said GM Reece.
Head coach Coughlin added, “We can count on him to help us score some points. We did some work on the offensive line in the free-agency period,” he said, referring to the four veteran offensive-line free agents the franchise have signed during this offseason.
Beckham’s caught the eye after making the first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection after breaking L.S.U.’s single-season all-purpose yardage record with 2,315 yards in 2013. While not the biggest wide receiver, Beckham’s talent as a crafty and shifty runner of pass routes made him highly sought-after in the draft.
While the Giants were also looking at strengthening a number of other areas in their roster, it appears the New York management were in agreement to use their first round pick on acquiring the services of a player who will have an immediate impact on the Giants team.
It’s not a surprise to see Beckham succeeding as an athlete. His father, Odell Sr., was a running back at L.S.U. from 1989 to 1992 and his mother, Heather Van Norman, was an all-American runner for the L.S.U. track team during her time at the university. Beckham also attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, following in the footsteps of Eli and Peyton Manning of graduating from that school.
And it will be Eli Manning who Beckham will now be hoping provides plenty of chances for him to show just why the Giants used their first pick to bring the wide-receiver to New York. The two-time Super Bowl champion may not have been at his best over the past two years but he hasn’t exactly had the strongest offensive unit to work with. A busy offseason for the Giants may now have given the quarterback what he needs to end New York’s absence from the playoffs.