Ravens draft primer: Odell Beckham

With three days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Wide receiver

School: LSU

Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 198 pounds

Round projection: First round

File this away: Beckham won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player last season, when he broke the LSU single-season all-purpose yards record (2,315).

Good: Beckham is a talented playmaker who can score anytime he gets his hands on the ball. He is a proven deep threat. According to ESPN Stats & Information, 62 percent of catches in 2013 were beyond 10 yards from line of scrimmage. Beckham has a great combination of natural ability and competitiveness. He can create separation with his burst and elude tacklers with dynamic moves. There is no hesitation in running routes over the middle. His ability as a dangerous returner increases his value.

Bad: Beckham lacks ideal size and strength for the position. His biggest weakness is inconsistency. He drops too many passes, although he does have a knack for pulling down the difficult passes. Top cornerbacks in the SEC have given him problems, which raises questions on how he'll fare in the NFL. There have been issues with Beckham's ball security.

Bottom line: Ravens officials said last week that the wide receiver class is so deep that they can get one in every round. That seems like a hint that the Ravens won't use the No. 17 overall pick on a wide receiver. If they decide to address this position in the first round, Beckham would be a likely candidate. Beckham and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks are the top-ranked receivers after Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, both of whom are expected to be taken in the top 10.

What Beckham said: "It's crazy to be in a class like this and have all these receivers out there. Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Brandin Cooks, Evans, all these guys. I'd definitely say I'm up there with one of the best. It all depends on what a team needs, and what team likes you. It's really on them."