The Detroit Lions offense was explosive when both Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush were in the lineup. However, when one or both were missing the Lions struggled to move the ball, which is why finding a complementary threat opposite of Calvin Johnson is essential this offseason.
After missing on a few second round wide receivers in two of the past three drafts, there is a good chance the Lions draft a wide receiver with their first round pick.
Notable Combine Measurables
Weight: 198 lbs
Vertical jump: 38.5″
Broad Jump: 122.0″
40-Yd dash: 4.43 secs
20-Yd shuttle run: 3.94 secs
3-Cone Drill: 6.69 secs
60-Yd shuttle: 10.93 secs
Traits and projected round
How would I describe Beckham’s game? Explosive, dynamic, productive, fast, electrifying. Beckham is one of the most underrated players in this draft projected as a second round pick who could leap into the first round thanks to his outstanding combine showing. At the next level, Beckham has a chance to be a DeSean Jackson type of player, but will make a name for himself as a return specialist and slot receiver early on in his career.
NFL.com sums up Beckham’s game best:
“Quick hands and feet to slip the jam. Fluid and fast. Good balance. Sinks his hips and changes gears to create separation. Quick hands to pluck off his frame. Terrific leaping ability — climbs the ladder to snatch throws. Creates after the catch — shows burst and shiftiness as a runner. Has playmaking ability. Confident and competitive. Has kickoff- and punt-return experience. Productive three-year starter”
Why The Lions Could Draft Odell Beckham
New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is known for his innovation and with a player like Beckham at his disposal his new offensive scheme should open wide up. Screen passes, reverses, go routes, you name it Beckham can run it. It’s also no secret how much Reggie Bush means to the offense and drafting a versatile player like Beckham gives the Lions an insurance policy in case Bush misses game time.
Highlight Film (check out the one-handed catch at about 3:35)