With only hours remaining until the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, what the New York Giants plan to do with their first-round pick is still anyone's guess. To date, they've been linked to anyone from Michigan's Taylor Lewan to Alabama's C.J. Mosley. But one intriguing name that has surfaced more and more in recent days is LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has gone from a bit of an after-thought to leaping Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans in some mock drafts.
Although the Giants have reportedly been focusing in on Mike Evans, the team is also said to "think highly" of Beckham Jr. In fact, the New York Jets seem so concerned with the Giants' possible interest in Beckham Jr. that they've considered trading up in front of the Giants in order to draft him.
That concern may be justified, as Beckham Jr. told the media on Wednesday that his former teammate and current Giants wideout, Rueben Randle, informed him that Big Blue is, in fact, looking at and considering him with the No. 12 pick.
"He just said '[The Giants] are looking at you, but there's also a lot of other people looking at you,'" Beckham said at a Play 60 event in Manhattan Wednesday. "Hopefully I can go that high at No. 12. Maybe higher. It doesn't matter to me. I'm just enjoying the process."
Whether or not Randle was just blowing smoke is anyone's guess, but when asked about Victor Cruz's stance on the Giants taking Mike Evans, General Manager Jerry Reese said the players have "zero" input. And given how tight-lipped the team is about draft plans, it seems highly unlikely that Randle would be privy to anything.
That being said, Beckham Jr. would love to be reunited with his friend and would be thrilled to lineup on the same field as him.
"Absolutely, Rueben is like a big brother to me," Beckham said. "Ever since we were there, he's been teaching me the little things. He didn't always speak, but by his actions you could always follow him."
Perhaps somewhat ironically, if the Giants were to take a wide receiver in Round 1, it would likely be to start alongside Victor Cruz. So if Randle is campaigning for Beckham Jr., he may inadvertently also be campaigning for someone else to take his job.
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