Giants select WR Beckham Jr. 12th overall

The LSU product could fill the void left by the departure of Nicks
05/08/2014 10:04 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Odell Beckham Jr. earned first-team All-SEC honors last season.(AP)
The New York Giants nabbed themselves a playmaker with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham Jr., a 5-foot-11 speedster from New Orleans, started 34 of 40 games in his three years at LSU, racking up 143 catches for 2,340 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also served as a key return man for the Tigers, returning 68 career punts for 557 yards (with two touchdowns) and 42 kickoffs for 1,044 yards.

The 21-year-old left school early after a junior season that saw him set a new LSU program record with 2,222 all-purpose yards, earn first-team All-SEC and third-team All-American honors from the AP, and win the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player.

"I'm just overwhelmed with emotion right now. This is what I've been waiting for, for a long time," Beckham Jr. told ESPN's Suzy Kolber on stage immediately after being drafted, later adding a message for the home crowd at Radio City Music Hall: "Now it's time to bring home a Super Bowl."

While at LSU, Beckham Jr. also followed in the footsteps of his father, Odell Sr., who was a running back for the Tigers from 1989-92. His mother, Heather, was also a highly decorated athlete during her career in Baton Rouge, earning six All-American honors and winning five national championships as a member of the Tigers' track teams from 1991-93.

The Giants lost Hakeem Nicks to free agency this winter, so Beckham Jr. will step in alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle (among others) as the top targets for quarterback Eli Manning.

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