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04/09/14 - Neither coach Jim Harbaugh nor general manager Trent Baalke was in attendance Wednesday at the LSU pro day, but a 49ers scout met with the Tigers' top prospect. Wide receiver Odell Beckham, a potential first-round draft pick, is a possibility for the 49ers with the No. 30 overall pick – if he lasts that long. Beckham (5 foot 11 ¼) ran a time of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He reportedly had a strong showing at his pro day, too. Afterward, Beckham appeared as a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was asked which teams were showing interest in him.
“To be honest with you, I think everybody was here,” Beckham said. “I saw all different colors. I saw the whole rainbow today. I spent time with the 49ers. I had dinner with the Steelers last night. I’m going to Buffalo tomorrow, actually. So pretty much everybody was here and today was a great day.” Regional scout Bob Morris represented the 49ers at LSU’s pro day. Last season, Beckham caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards (19.6 average) and eight touchdowns. He also averaged 10.1 yards on 14 punt returns and 26.9 yards on 30 kickoff returns. - Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
04/09/14 - 2014 Pro Days: LSU's Zach Mettenberger rusty but recovering...Fellow pass-catcher, Odell Beckham, Jr. was the exact opposite, electing not to perform during measureable drills after a impressive Combine session but starring during the positional workout as both a receiver and returner. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 27. *Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU, 5-11, 193, 4.49, 1-2...Great genetics are obvious for Beckham, whose father was a running back at LSU and mother, the former Heather Van Norman, was a six-time All-American Track and national champion sprinter for the Lady Tigers. Little wonder that Beckham is smooth afoot and an explosive return man. However he lacks truly elite speed and is less than average in height. Last season he caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns and returned punts. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/19/14 - A record 98 underclassmen, including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May. The league released the list of early entrants Sunday and said the number has risen six straight seasons. The deadline for underclassmen to apply was Jan. 15. Last year, 73 underclassmen entered the draft. The year before it was 65 and in 2011 it was 56. Also, four players who recently graduated and still have eligibility left are joining the draft class but aren't included in the number. Most notable among those is Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Southern California defensive back Dion Bailey, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard are also juniors who have informed the league they have graduated.
Among the early entrants expected to be selected near the top of the draft are Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, Clowney, the defensive end from South Carolina, and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. The draft is May 8-10 in New York. LSU for the second straight season had the most players of any school to leave early. The Tigers had seven early entrants this season, including wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., after 11 LSU players left early last year. - AP Sports
12/13/13 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER: After shattering an LSU single-season record for all-purpose yards, junior wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. won the fourth annual Paul Hornung Award as major college football’s most versatile player, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Friday morning. Beckham Jr. captured the trophy named in honor of the legendary Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame and NFL MVP for the Green Bay Packers. A panel of 16 journalists, former NFL stars and a fan vote were tabulated. Beckham Jr. bested four other exceptional players who were finalists: Arizona State’s Marion Grice, Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCLA’s Myles Jack.
“It’s just an honor and a blessing to even be mentioned with these guys who are up for the Hornung Award,” said Beckham Jr. “I am proud to accept the award and thank the committee for recognizing me and the fans for voting. “It means a lot to me personally because I have worked extremely hard well before this season started. I had great teammates help me along the way, especially on kickoff and punt returns. None of the opportunities to display my versatility would be possible if it weren’t for my teammates and coaches putting me in a position to succeed.”
Beckham Jr. turned in arguably the most explosive season in LSU football history, racking up 2,222 all-purpose yards to break Domanick Davis’ school record of 2,120 yards set in 2002. Beckham Jr. caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. He also recorded the second-highest kick return yardage total in LSU history with 806 yards on 30 returns. Beckham Jr. added 14 punt returns for 141 yards. - LSU football