This year's historically great rookie wide receiver class is so star-studded that debates have already erupted among football fans over which talented young playmaker has the most potential.
Kelvin Benjaminjumped out to an early lead before the Panthers' offense went in the tank. Sammy Watkins was the "It" receiver after back-to-back 100-yard performances at midseason. Mike Evans has emerged as the Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite with a three-game stretch of dominance unmatched by any rookie since Randy Moss in 1998.
Mayock highlighted Beckham's versatility to line up in the slot or outside despite missing the majority of August and September with a lingering hamstring injury.
Echoing that sentiment, Mayock noted Beckham's separation and advanced route running.
"I've never seen a player quite like him," Gregg Rosenthal explained. "He just jumps off the screen. His hands, strength and ability to go deep. All the rookies are great and it's splitting hairs, but he seems like the most versatile and could have the highest ceiling."
Bemoaning the fact that his Lions bypassed a unique talent, Kevin Patra noted that Beckham matches up better against any defense and adjusts to passes in every way.
When I watch Beckham play, I can't get the image of a 1980s era Michael Jordan out of my head. Let me be clear: I'm not saying Beckham shares the NBA legend's size, hyper-competitive drive or penchant for willing his team to victory. But the vice-grip hands, easy leaping ability, graceful athleticism, mid-air dexterity and improvisational creativity are reminiscent -- as you can see in the video above.