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Giants sign WR Odell Beckham Jr., three other picks

Odell Beckham Jr., Taveze Calhoun AP

Yet another club has signed a first-round pick.

The Giants have reached a deal with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the No. 12 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the club said on its website Monday.

The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Beckham looks poised to contribute immediately for a Giants offense seeking to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season. The Giants lost wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to Indianapolis in free agency, opening up a primary role in the pass catching corps.

In three seasons at LSU, Beckham caught 143 passes for 2,340 yards (16.4 ypc) and 12 touchdowns. He also returned a pair of punts for touchdowns.

Beckham is the fourth first-round choice to sign, with Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack (No. 5), Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (No. 14) and Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (No. 20) the others to have reached deals.

The Giants also announced the signing of three other picks Monday: second-round selection Weston Richburg, a center from Colorado State; fifth-round selection Devon Kennard, a linebacker from USC; and sixth-round selection Bennett Jackson, a cornerback from Notre Dame. Of that trio, the 6-foot-3, 298-pound Richburg stands the best chance of contributing as a rookie, as the Giants released starting center David Baas in March.

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10 Responses to “Giants sign WR Odell Beckham Jr., three other picks”
  1. sincethesixtys says: May 19, 2014 6:13 PM

    Good job Giants, usually you guys are behind the other teams getting draft choices signed. Happy to see everybody getting on the same page early.

  2. bcreed70 says: May 19, 2014 6:28 PM

    I may be a homer but I love this draft!!!! Great character guys and very productive in college, even the later round players. Hopefully this is the start of a solid core for the giants!!!

  3. nflbuzz says: May 19, 2014 6:29 PM

    ODB will have 68/780/6.
    Richburg will put on some muscle and start week 1 100%. He’ll be a beast by the end of the year.
    Kennard will keep his roster spot but Jackson won’t make it to seasons end.

  4. 700levelvet says: May 19, 2014 6:38 PM

    And Eli will still throw between 25 and 30 pics…

  5. thealmightybigblue says: May 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    The eagles are still ringless.

  6. justinstuckrule says: May 19, 2014 6:57 PM

    Maybe Beckham can help the Josh Freeman era start off strong but I doubt it. The Giants have too many holes. They need a fiery respected leader like Tiki Barber.

  7. bmadormo says: May 19, 2014 8:35 PM

    Super Bowls came after Tiki retired – the real leader was strahan

  8. tommyribs says: May 19, 2014 9:51 PM

    The Division is there for the taking. All they have to do is just play solid and it’s their’s.

    Beckham and some other young guys can help get it back where it belongs.

  9. lic112014 says: May 20, 2014 9:49 AM

    All draft picks except Bromley are signed.That’s great news so they can get going when training camp starts.Usually Giants are late signing their draft picks.Reese realizes how important it is to have these guys in.He is not fooling around this year because his job is on the line.

  10. jpherling says: May 20, 2014 11:47 AM

    Beckham will only contribute immediately if the offensive line can keep Eli on his feet long enough to throw the ball.

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