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Odell Beckham gaining momentum as first-round pick


After turning in one of the most impressive performances among wide receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine, LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. has his draft stock on the rise.

Beckham has cracked NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks' Big Board, which has been updated since the end of the combine. Beckham checked in as the No. 24 overall prospect, according to Brooks. After an explosive junior season at LSU last year (59 catches, 1,152 yards), "OBJ" turned in a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine, as well as the third-best times among receivers in both the 20-yard shuttle (3.94) and the 60-yard shuttle (10.93).

Wrote Brooks: "It's hard to find a more dangerous playmaker in the open field than Beckham. He is a speedster with exceptional quickness and burst, yet he has the body control to run every route in the book. Factor in his skills as a dynamic return man, it's not a surprise that his name is moving up the charts on draft boards across the league."

Bryan Broaddus, a former NFL personnel executive with four different clubs, also sees Beckham as a first-round pick:

Broaddus has scouting experience with the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys, and now serves as a content producer for the Cowboys' official web site.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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