Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t the biggest name entering the NFL coming out of a run-heavy offense at LSU, but in his first three NFL seasons, he’s made quite a name for himself.
Beckham Jr. may not be the hands-down best wideout in the NFL, but he’s certainly one of the best at his position. He’s highly productive, highly athletic, and highly skilled.
He’d be a good player when only considering the number of insane catches he’s made in three seasons. Throw his production on top of his highlights, though, and you’re looking at a great wideout.
Beckham has notched over 1,000 receiving yards in every single one of his NFL seasons. His rookie season saw him catch 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Most impressively, he also averaged 108.8 yards per game receiving as a rookie. In 2015, Beckham Jr. caught 96 passes for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns, and last season he notched just over 100 catches (101 to be exact) for 1,367 and 10 touchdowns.
He’s a three-time Pro Bowler in three tries and considering his age, he’ll likely only get better as time goes on.
Yet, to FSI hot take artist Jason Whitlock, the New York Giants’ wideout is overhyped and overrated. Here’s what Whitlock recently said on Speak For Yourself, sitting next to fellow hot take pundit Colin Cowherd:
“You’ve fallen for the okeydoke. Odell Beckham Jr. is the most overhyped, overrated — and he is a great player but he is overrated. You put him and Carmelo Anthony in the same room and watch what happens,” Whitlock said on Speak For Yourself. “It isn’t even close. If Odell, not for the blonde hair, people wouldn’t even know who the hell Odell Beckham Jr. is.”
You can watch the video of Whitlock’s ridiculous statements below. The transcription above was done by Dan Schneier of 247Sports:
Part of being a hot take artist is that you say ridiculous things, and Whitlock truly has made it an art. At least statistically speaking, there’s no way to justify calling OBJ overrated, though. He’s easily one of the top wideouts in the league and if stats don’t do it for you…just use your eyes.
The only way to compare Carmelo Anthony and Beckham Jr. is to point out they both play in the same city. Everything else is completely different. Sure, Beckham has yet to win it all just yet, but he still has plenty of time.
In the meantime, his production on the field for New York more than speaks for him.