Odell Beckham Jr.’s wait in the green room Thursday might be short.
How soon might the former LSU wide receiver learn his fate after ascending draft boards?
“I think he’ll be gone by No. 20,” NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock said.
Resolution may take a little bit longer for other Tigers luminaries in quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Jeremy Hill and a pair of defensive tackles in Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson.
But a year after a mass exodus from Baton Rouge, there’s an outside shot the program may equal its record of nine players going off the board over the next three days during the NFL draft.
But it’s easiest to start with Beckham, who is jockeying for with Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks for the third-best receiver in the pool.
The Detroit Lions are interested with the No. 10 pick, as are the New York Giants at No. 12 and Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 15. The New York Jets may try to trade up from No. 18, same with the Eagles at No. 22, to nab Beckham, according to various reports.
Keep watch on San Franscisco, which reportedly chatted with Baltimore about swapping picks to jump 13 spots to take him at No. 17 overall.
“Beckham is an explosive kid with return skills,” Mayock said. “Gets in and out of breaks as well as any receiver in this draft.”
If a run on signal-callers starts late in the first round, Mettenberger may get in the mix, but his chances are better early in the second when quarterback-needy teams in Houston, Cleveland, Oakland, Jacksonville and Minneosta make picks between slots No. 33 and No. 40.
“I think Mettenberger goes in the second,” Mayock said.
Landry, who seems to have put a slow 4.77-second effort in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine behind him, may be a late second-rounder or gone with his strong hands and precise route-running out of the slot.
“He’s not fast, but one of the toughest players in this draft,” Mayock said. “I think he’s a value in the third round.”
If there’s a sleeper, it’s right guard Trai Turner, who raised eyebrows coming out as a junior but has worked his way into the conversation as mid-round pick.
I believe he’s going to be a second-round guard,” Mayock said. “He’s got some things he’s going to have to learn because he’s very raw, but he’s got the natural ability to be a starter.”
Finally, Hill is projected to go in the third round, while Johnson and Ferguson own third-round grades. Strong safety Craig Loston and linebacker Lamin Barrow are pegged fifth- or sixth-rounders.