Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. rips those comparing 40-yard dash times at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

With the NFL Scouting Combine now done and over with, we now have an idea of just how fast some of these draft prospects are.

In the infamous 40-yard dash, we witnessed Ole’ Miss safety Zedrick Woods beat out the entire competition with a time of 4.29 seconds. Other great times include Auburn CB Jamel Dean with a time of 4.3, Ohio State WR Parris Campbell with a 4.31, and Ole’ Miss WR D.K. Metcalf with a time of 4.33.

However, what critics, writers and fans of the NFL like to do is compare 40 times once they’re complete and confirmed “official.” Instead of letting players embrace their own times and make a somewhat identity of themselves from it, the critics start putting them up against past 40 times.

One professional is paying close attention.

This past week, many of the 40 times were compared to that of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Let’s just say, OBJ wasn’t too big a fan of it … at all.

Beckham also pointed out how NFL Network seemed to miscalculate and misrepresent his 40-yard dash time.

But here comes the downside of this situation: it’s Beckham. People are going to take this out of context and start the whole “he’s a distraction” narrative.

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In this scenario, Beckham deserves to be upset. The critics and fans shouldn’t have to feel the need to compare 40 times as soon as they happen.

Yes, these guys are some of the fastest and quickest athletes in the world. But are many of them going to be as fast as guys such as Beckham or Tyreek Hill? The answer is no because that’s insane-type speed.

These guys are college athletes-turning-pro. Let them establish and build an identity for themselves before we start comparing them to Pro Bowlers.


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