Odell Beckham Being Disrespected by PFF Wide Receiver Power Rankings
As the NFL offseason progresses, ProFootball Focus has begun releasing its annual positional power rankings for the upcoming season. One of these lists takes a look at the top-32 wide receivers in the league. While some rankings feel right, such as Green Bay's Davante Adams at No. 1, others feel flat out wrong.
One player who is being disrespected by PFF's wide receiver rankings is Cleveland Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. The two-time second-team All-Pro receiver clocks in at No. 18, which is extremely low considering PFF was willing to rank Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson at No. 10 despite one season. That's not a knock on Jefferson, considering he had a tremendous rookie campaign, but that was just one year compared to everything that OBJ has done in his career.
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One reason why PFF may have ranked Beckham all the way at No. 18 is that he missed nine games last season due to a season-ending ACL tear. It won't be the first time that he's had to bounce back from a major injury, considering he's already done it before after fracturing his ankle in 2017. And how did Beckham perform the following season? By recording 1,052 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in 12 games. Besides, when you take into account that he's only 28 years old, Beckham is in a good spot to rebound from his torn ACL.
The fact of the matter is that people may have forgotten just how good Beckham is. The only times that he's failed to record 1,000-plus receiving yards were when he was hurt in 2017 and 2020. Otherwise, he's about as reliable as they come. Considering how he and Jarvis Landry are still the Browns' top two receiving threats, it wouldn't be surprising to see Beckham hit the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in eight seasons.
The Browns currently have the 7th-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +1600, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If they want to end the seasons as champions, they're going to need their three-time Pro Bowl wideout to be fully healed and back in the lineup to contribute as he has in the past.
With how talented Beckham is, keep an eye on him to prove people wrong in 2021.
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