Odell Beckham is the NFL's best WR right now
You may have noticed that on our new website we have top 10 player rankings listed on the right side of our Pro homepage – these rankings are based off of our PFF ratings that measure how good a player is right now, entering the 2015 season.
You may also have noticed that the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is our No. 1-ranked wide receiver.
Years from now, the thing people will likely remember most about his rookie season is his spectacular one-handed catch against the Cowboys on “Sunday Night Football.” But what people should remember is that Beckham had one of the best nine-game stretches any receiver has gone through — let alone a rookie receiver.
After missing the first four games of the season, it took Beckham a little to dominate. But in each of the last nine games of the season, Beckham had at least 90 receiving yards. No other receiver in the PFF era has had that many consecutive games with at least 90 yards.
He did more than just accumulate yards; he was also efficient at doing so. His yards per route run average over the final six weeks of the season was at 3.61 — the best for any receiver in the PFF era with at least 150 routes run over the final six weeks.
It’s been on a small sample, but Beckham far outplayed the competition late in 2014. Anyone playing on a level that far above everyone else is bound to have a slight decline. But even taking that into account, he still measures up as the best wide receiver in the NFL entering the 2015 season. If you could only have one receiver right now, Beckham should be your man.