Odell Beckham Jr could have been elite soccer player

Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) runs with the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU football program and anyone who has followed Odell Beckham Jr’s career in football is aware of how unbelievably athletic he is.  Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports explains just how athletic he was growing up, noting that he played basketball, baseball but could have been an elite soccer player.

For the Bayou Bengals, Beckham made a name for himself because of his athleticism initially as a terrific returner on punts and kickoffs as a sophomore.  So much so that teams stopped kicking to him or only kicked when they were sure it would be a touchback.  Occasionally to show off, Beckham would catch kickoffs he was not going to return with one hand just to do it.

This past year, Beckham went from a returner who dabbles in a little wide receiver and developed into an incredibly polished wide receiver that was incredibly reliable along with Jarvis Landry for quarterback Zach Mettenberger.  Beckham showed the speed and quickness everyone expected but has huge hands and become a talented pass catcher and a good route runner as well.

Beckham could be a first round pick this year, but failing that, he should not be waiting long in the second.

Topics: LSU Tigers Football, NFL Draft, Odell Beckham Jr

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