LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is a hot name going into the 2014 NFL Draft, and there’s plenty of talk that teams like the New York Jets or Philadelphia Eagles could trade up in order to secure him if he falls outside of the top ten. Beckham Jr. has a strong chance of being selected in the top ten, though, with the Detroit Lions having a need at WR and both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills being possible landing spots.
The NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that OBJ could be “in play” for the Buccaneers and Bills with the seventh and ninth picks respectively, and this tweet from Breer shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Bills have strong interest in the LSU product, who still has a chance at being selected above Mike Evans. I took an in-depth look at Beckham Jr.’s film, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he would be an excellent pick for either team.
Since the Bills acquired Mike Williams from the Buccaneers, the Bucs have a bigger need at WR and need to fill the hole left by Williams. Vincent Jackson is an excellent No. 1 receiver, and Beckham Jr. would be a perfect complement to V-Jax. Whereas Evans’s game is too similar to Jackson’s, OBJ would give the Buccaneers passing attack plenty of balance. Although he plays bigger than his size and can win jump balls or spread the field deep, OBJ has the ability to line up in the slot and on the outside, and he has plenty of agility after the catch and short-area quickness.