LSU junior wide receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry have become the talk of the town in Baton Rouge as of late. The two, after finishing productive seasons, will forego their senior seasons in search of careers in the NFL.
A New Orleans native, Beckham finished the season fourth in the SEC in total receiving, hauling in 59 receptions for 1,152 yards. The 6-foot athlete finished the year with 8 receiving touchdowns. His offensive productivity did not stop at catching the ball. Beckham also finished first in return yards with 845, and even returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a score in the win against UAB. The junior has big plans for the NFL, and is a solid late-first, early-second round prospect.
Many say Jarvis Landry was in the shadow of his receiving partner this past year, but the numbers say otherwise. Landry finished third in total receiving, catching 77 balls, with 1,193 yards receiving. His 10 touchdown receptions were team leading, and he became a favorite option for quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Landry made headlines with a fantastic catch against Arkansas this fall. With the team trailing by a touchdown, Mettenberger threw a pass into double coverage, targeting Landry. The receiver leapt over the Arkansas defender to make a one-handed circus catch. The throw would be the last for senior Mettenberger, tearing his ACL on the play.
Both players have received accolades for their performance this season. Both receivers were on the Biletnikoff Award watch list, an award given to the nations top wide receiver. Landry was named the recipient of the Charles McClendon Award given to the most valuable player on the team. Beckham was named co-offensive player of the year for the LSU squad, receiving the Percy E. Roberts Award.
Teams that would benefit from drafting either player would be the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and other teams that could use an explosive speedster down the field. With height an issue in both players cases, a move inside to a slot receiver could also be an option.
The two have bright futures in the NFL, and would be an asset to any team.