Former LSU WR Beckham: Draft prospects 'feel like a piece of meat'

by May 8, 9:55 AM

The NFL Draft festivities are taking a toll on at least one prospect.

Former LSU wide receiver and projected late first-round pick Odell Beckham, Jr. says the week of interviews, evaluation and preparation can be a grind.

"It's definitely crazy," Beckham said. "[These teams] are investing so much in you that they want to make sure everything's right."

"At some point in time, and I talk to other [draft prospects], and they feel like a piece of meat, to an extent," Beckham added. "You're getting poked and prodded at and pulled on. It's not easy all the time."

The comments had nothing to do with the sandwich Subway made for projected top-10 pick Anthony Barr.

The draft begins on Thursday night and runs through Saturday in New York.

Apr 30, 2:07 PM

Report: 49ers targeting receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the draft

by Apr 30, 2:07 PM

The San Francisco 49ers were reportedly interested in signing DeSean Jackson before the Redskins struck a deal with the speedy wide receiver, so now they have to turn their attention to filling that need in the draft. 

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the 49ers are very interested in LSU product Odell Beckham Jr. 

Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are very capable wideouts but neither has the speed to stretch the defense like Beckham Jr.

Getting Beckham Jr. with the 30th overall pick could be easier said than done, though. The 49ers may have to move up to grab him, although, there could be a suitable trade partner available. 

Moving up will likely cost San Francisco multiple draft picks in a deal, but it could be worth it. The 49ers looked over-matched against the Seahawks corners last season and Seattle is a team they are going to have to overcome if they hope to return to the Super Bowl.