Today we review the cover athlete of Madden 16. Odell Beckham Jr. Does he live up to the 99 overall? Ordell he disappoint?
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Odell Beckham Jr 99 overall review
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Let me get this out of the way up front, he’s not perfect. But never has a player changed my offense as much as Odell has. I’ve played with a lot of top end players in 15 and 16 including Boss Bo Jackson, Golden Ticket Calvin and many others. I’ve never had confidence with any other players the way I do with Odell. 97 speed means he’s the fastest player in the game and will require over the top coverage for your opponent to keep up. He has the same effect as a hyper active mobile QB as your opponent has to account for him every play with either a defensive adjustment or a specific scheme to shut him down. A single high safety with Odell against most all corners is a touchdown. Hate mike press 3 nano blitzers? Slide the line, max protect and Odell on a streak is more likely than not an automatic 40 yards unless the opponent moves his user safety over the top of Odell. Then you run inside zone away from the blitz and you pick up the 40 yards on the ground.
Speed 97 as I mentioned earlier. Tied as the fastest player in the game. As fast as I am to fake a tolerance for nullification to get out of jury duty.
Acceleration – 96 – Good but he’s no Aaron Lynch. Or David Lynch. That dude can put together a story.
Agility – 97 Great number but not as great as my number on bathroom stalls across the country. We’ll get into this in the route running section.
Jumping – 98 – As awesome as lying with lions is. And lying with lions is what your opponents are doing if they single cover Odell.
Stamina – 97 Great but is still human and will get tired over the course of the game if you continue to send him on streaks. I recommend subbing him out for some run plays for dual purposes, both to maintain his elite stats and for a better blocking WR
Awareness – 92 – This helps the WR turn his head. Well, Odell turns his head as quick as I do passing a burrito cart.
Catching – 99 – He doesn’t drop passes but a little known Easter egg is that he’ll try and spear any Josh Norman in the head if he ever drops a touchdown pass. So that’s cool.
Catch in traffic – 96 – Strength – 62
He’s not Hines Ward especially with his low strength. If you try and spec catch the ball in traffic, he will drop it more often than not. But he can still hang onto the ball well in tight spaces.
Route running – 95 – I really, really, really wish this was 96 as it’s been shown to stop a stutter step in out routes at that number. But 95 with his 97 agility means he should get nice separation on C-routes and others that require it.
Spec catch – 102 – This makes the card. Even when he’s running toe to toe with a DB, in single coverage the Spec Catch animation will pull the ball like Lucy does to Charlie
Release – 93 – A little lower than you’d like but he’ll still get off a press as well as Amy Winehouse stated club girls get off on being pressed.
Elusiveness – 96
Spin move – 91
Juke move – 95 Obviously the juke is better for Odell than the spin but he can perform each admirably like my one man performance of Cats.
Impact blocking – 45
Run Block – 50 – The only times he should only be on the field when running the ball is if he’s on the opposite side of the run as a distraction to the defense, in an audible to a run or if he’s getting the ball in a sweep.
He is the only player that makes you opponent unable to play defense like they like. Unless that defense is cover 2 man. An opponent I was playing against had Odell and I couldn’t run DB strike against his 5 wide set because Odell burned me badly the one time I ran it. I had to sit in deep coverage the rest of the game to negate his impact however slightly I was able to.
But he is largely neutralized by 2 man under going deep so you’ll need to figure out other ways to drive the field against an opponent that loves to run that. And in 1 on 1 against top end corner like Deion or going deep against a FS Calvin Johnson will have him losing more jump balls than you’d like.
But like I said earlier the only hard counter for Odell is man defense with over the top help. And even then he can find openings with his game changing speed. He’s so good at it he’d find an open chick-fil-a on a Sunday.
His only weakness outside of height is his price. I picked him up for 1.35 million but he’s going for around 1.7 at the moment. If you can afford it he’s a 10/10. But his high price puts him at a 9.7/10