BATON ROUGE -- Odell Beckham Jr. became the highest drafted LSU wide receiver in history on Thursday night, as the junior from New Orleans was selected 12th overall by the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Beckham Jr. became the 13th first-round selection for the Tigers since Les Miles took over the program in January of 2005. Including Beckham Jr., LSU leads the Southeastern Conference with 52 players picked in the past nine drafts -- ranking No. 2 nationally in the time span behind Southern Cal.
Beckham Jr. surpassed Michael Clayton as the highest drafted receiver in school history, as Clayton was the 15th overall pick by Tampa Bay in 2004.
Bechham Jr. received the 2013 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior in 2013 as both a kick returner (Football Writers Association of America) and return specialist (CBSSports.com) after leading the SEC and ranking No. 2 in the nation in all-purpose yards with a 178.1 average.
In 2013, Beckham Jr. set the school record and finished No. 2 in SEC single-season history with 2,315 all-purpose yards. In three seasons at LSU, he finished with 15 touchdowns and 4,118 all-purpose yards.
As many as a dozen Tigers have the opportunity to be drafted over the next three days (LSU Pro Day Scorecard).