Originally Posted by planetdoc
I just dont think its a coincidence that most of the top receivers in the NFL have great speed scores and are tall. That combo probably has a greater likelyhood of turning into a great NFL wr than someone who doesnt have that combo. I'm guessing its because the bigger WR can create vertical seperation. Since the speed score is a combo of weight and speed, those with great speed scores probably have the ability to get off the line of scrimmage (avoid jams) and the speed to seperate. Being "bigger" (weight and height) also helps in the physicality of the game (i.e. the smaller guys probably get beat up more , which leads to injuries, and thus lower stats).
And I think that this is where a guy like Beckham is the outlier against the "taller receiver" trend.
While "only" 5'11", he has close to 33" arms and 10" hands (giving him a catch radius of a player that is 6'5") along with an exceptional burst ability shown by his vertical of 38.5", a broad jump of 10'2" and his superb shuttle times of 3.94 seconds and 6.69 seconds in the 20 and 60 yard shuttles respectively.
His official 10 yard split in the 40 was 1.50 as well.
Add to that that he's exceptionally smooth and controlled on his routes, nails his breaks and has hands like vice grips as evidenced by:
It's why I've felt that he's the best receiver in this draft for a long time now. I feel that Odell Beckham has every single physical tool that a player needs to be a dominant #1 NFL wide receiver.
Right now, I'm having a hard time seeing him last past either the Jets or Baltimore, but if he does and he's there for the Chiefs at #23, the card would be at the podium before the commissioner is done announcing who's on the clock.