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Odell Beckham says prospects “feel like a piece of meat”

Anthony Barr AP

They’ve been paraded around, herded through inspections, and tonight, they’ll be divvied up to their new owners for branding.

While the NFL Draft is big business, it also feels a little like a cattle auction to those on the hoof.

“It’s definitely crazy,” LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said, via Dom Consentino of NJ.com. “[These teams] are investing so much in you that they want to make sure everything’s right.

“At some point in time, and I talk to other [draft prospects], and they feel like a piece of meat, to an extent. You’re getting poked and prodded at and pulled on. It’s not easy all the time. I flew around, one week, five days in a row. It’s just hard for you to be able to get your workouts in. The biggest part is just being able to stay healthy and stay active throughout the whole process.”

Of course, they’ll be well-compensated meat after tonight, but the process can become a grind on the players involved, some of whom are barely old enough to be considered veal.

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24 Responses to “Odell Beckham says prospects “feel like a piece of meat””
  1. jf1339 says: May 8, 2014 9:29 AM

    Small price to pay for living your dream. I like when they start complaining before they are even drafted. Football players are getting soft compared to what they used to be.

  2. slayisland says: May 8, 2014 9:37 AM

    U want that money tho…

  3. wiskybuck says: May 8, 2014 9:39 AM

    I’d take a multi-million dollar contract to be treated like meat.

  4. camcameronsucks says: May 8, 2014 9:39 AM

    Has this guy not stopped to look at the NFL as a whole?

    All the players are basically pawns put together to bring everyone else entertainment.

    Its a modern-day Coliseum/Gladiator concept, except no one dies.

    Now go catch a touchdown pass so my fantasy team can win me money.

  5. golforepar says: May 8, 2014 9:41 AM

    I really feel sorry for this soon to be 22 year old rich kid!

  6. campcouch says: May 8, 2014 9:47 AM

    I’ll go ask the steak in my freezer his opinion on this.

  7. floratiotime says: May 8, 2014 9:53 AM

    He’s confused … the word he’s searching for is “courting”. They’re going to throw millions at him. Stop with the insane analogies.

  8. dcapettini says: May 8, 2014 10:12 AM

    You know Odell, you can opt out any time you want. If your dignity is offended what is 10 or 20 million dollars to that? You can take your degree or almost degree in Sports Management or whatever and walk like a man. There are many others who will be only too happy to take your place, whiner!

  9. isidore2014 says: May 8, 2014 10:12 AM

    Some people pay good money to be treated like a piece of meat…

  10. citizenstrange says: May 8, 2014 10:14 AM

    Odell Beckham Jr. has got it made in the shade drinking lemonade while getting drafted in the first round no less.

    You want a reality check? One of the best football books I’ve ever read is “Meat on the Hoof: The Hidden World of Texas Football” by Gary Shaw.

  11. scottalderson says: May 8, 2014 10:16 AM

    not all draftees sign “multi-million” dollar contracts. take about 40% right off the top in taxes and 10-20% for the agent and factor in the average career is 3.5 years and its certainly not “set for life” money on average at all. regardless – no amount of money changes these players to anything different than the rest of us. he wasn’t crying or whining – he was probably answering a question such as – “how was the rigor of the predraft experience?”

  12. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    If this is already a grind for him then he’s in for a rude awakening when he realizes that the NFL life isn’t perfectly convenient for what Odell Beckham wishes it would be like. He just scared the heck out of me. I was trying to sell myself on accepting him as the Lions pick if we get stuck at 10, but this comment just turned me cold. That’s why you gotta keep scouting until the last minute, who else is out there, we need to find a player for that 10th pick!

  13. chc4 says: May 8, 2014 10:31 AM

    I feel the same way but wear a suit and get paid less than $100k. Odell — shut your pie hole and thank your lucky stars. You basically won the lottery.

  14. wrdtoyrmama says: May 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    You people just don’t know, like Biggie said;
    mo’ money, mo problems, and somebody in society has to step up and take the pain of having too much money.

    We should all be thanking young Mr. Beckham for taking it on.

  15. sterling7 says: May 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    Try getting a real job-grow up!

  16. 3yardsndust says: May 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    Beckham can console himself at the Mercedes dealership.

  17. flexx91 says: May 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    Geez people relax. The guy was asked a question and gave simple answer. If you feel “turned off” by his response, then you need a serious wake-up call as 99% of the players on your team and every other team in the NFL probably feels or have felt the same way…..

  18. mickton says: May 8, 2014 11:12 AM

    Walk away from it & go get a 9-5 regular JOB

  19. ballboy48 says: May 8, 2014 11:23 AM

    Until you get paid

  20. evilglazers666 says: May 8, 2014 11:29 AM

    They feel like a piece of meat, because that is how the owner’s view them. They treat you not has a person, but as a commodity. They have no loyalty to you either. It is a different game with the owners we have in this league. They care about lining their pockets and showing off to their friends, as before, it was more about putting on a show for fans. (The game of football) Every decision made now is treated like a corporation.

  21. busterman90 says: May 8, 2014 11:32 AM

    Hey If it’s so easy and it’s just a game all you highschool johnnies should go do it!!

    Oh…. That’s right you can’t because your not talented enough!!

    It is a job it is stressful and yes it’s a dream and you’re privileged to play it. But it doesn’t mean it’s not hard.

  22. bucandball says: May 8, 2014 11:35 AM

    grind. nice one

  23. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 8, 2014 1:15 PM

    If Becks doesn’t dig it, he can stock shelves at Piggly Wiggly.

    Fact is, aside from nepotism incidents – everyone is a figurative “piece of meat” in the eyes of their prospective employer. The employer naturally seeks to understand what benefits can be extracted for the expected expenditures incurred.

  24. jollyjoker2 says: May 8, 2014 6:59 PM

    This isn’t a liberal arts college or lake wobegon. You have to earn now that your off the public dole – welcome to society.

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