Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, the top two wide receivers for the LSU Tigers this season, will both enter the 2014 NFL Draft, per Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports.
In what is shaping up to be a strong class of WRs, both players are projected to go in the first two rounds. Beckham Jr. tallied 59 catches for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns this past season, while Landry had 77 receptions for 1,193 and 10 TDs.
Beckham Jr. figures to go higher in the draft, if only because he fits perfectly as a slot receiver in the NFL. At 6’0″ with explosive speed, Beckham Jr. has the all-purpose ability that any NFL offensive coordinator would love to have at their disposal.
Landry lacks the speed of his teammate, however, he’s the bigger wideout and has better hands. He was a key weapon for the Tigers on third downs, constantly making tough catches against those elite SEC defenses.
Both Beckham Jr. and Landry’s production suffered when QB Zach Mettenberger went down with a torn ACL against Arkansas in the last game of their regular season. Without Mettenberger in the Outback Bowl, Beckham Jr. and Landry had just two catches a piece, as LSU was forced to ride running back Jeremy Hill as their main offensive weapon.
Next season, the LSU passing game will be back to square one. With Mettenberger, Landry and Beckham Jr. now gone, Les Miles will likely build his offensive attack around Hill and the running game.