By Bryan Rose
May 07, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Odell Beckham Jr. may be drafted before Mike Evans Odell Beckham is a first-round talent in the eyes of many evaluators, but can he run with the top two receivers in the 2014 class? (Tyler Kaufman/Icon SMI)

The class of wide receivers in the 2014 NFL draft may be as stacked as any previous year, but in the run-up to Thursday night's first round, it's been widely accepted that the top two available wideouts are Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Clemson's Sammy Watkins, in some order.

That still may be the case, but according to ESPN's Ed Werder, it's possible that Odell Beckham Jr. could be off the board before Evans.

Beckham has been shooting up draft boards in recent days, as multiple teams picking later in the first round, such as the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, have expressed a desire to trade up in order to draft the talented receiver out of LSU.

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Does that mean he'll go before Evans? Probably not -- the Texas A&M product is likely to be gone before the 10th pick, and that would be a dramatic late jump for Beckham, who caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, his junior season in Baton Rouge.

Most NFL mock drafts have Evans selected in the bottom half of the top 10 picks, while Beckham continues to find himself going anywhere from No. 12 to No. 20. It's possible Beckham is drafted before Evans, but it still seems a bit unlikely given the consensus that has seemed to develop in recent weeks. Watkins, meanwhile, appears to have taken over top billing among the 2014 class of receivers.

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