NFL Draft Preview 2015: WR Dorial Green-Beckham
The Sports Quotient’s annual Draft Preview series returns! Over the course of the next 10 weeks, we will analyze the top NFL prospects at each position. This first week, the focus is on wide receivers. Today's wideout is Dorial Green-Beckham out of Oklahoma via Missouri.
Dorial Green-Beckham has had an intriguing and complicated collegiate campaign. Originally from Missouri, Green-Beckham, despite being one of the highest-touted high school recruits of all time, decided to stay close to home and play for Missouri. The big WR got playing time as a true freshman ended his freshman season with 28 receptions for 395 yards and 5 TDs, plus a Freshman All-American Honors honorable mention from College Football News.
Green-Beckham's second season as a Tiger netted him 59 receptions, 15 yards per catch, and 12 TDs. The big wideout grabbed 2 scores in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn on a 6 catch, 144 yard night. Following a January 10, 2014 arrest for marijuana and an April incident involving burglary, Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri's program. The receiver transferred to Oklahoma, but had to sit out the 2014 season as a transfer athlete.
Simply put, Green-Beckham is huge. Standing at an imposing 6'6" and 225 lbs, Green-Beckham also has an enormous wingspan leading to an unprecedented catch radius. He is the quintessential "go up and get it" wide receiver.
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Throw anything in this guy's direction, and he'll catch it. Beckham-Green also has elite speed, boasting a 4.4 second 40 time.
The major downside of Green-Beckham is his off-field actions. Arrests, especially recurring ones, are simply not tolerated in today's NFL. Guys like Randy Moss have come from tough collegiate careers and excelled in the NFL, but tales of Justin Blackmon and Josh Gordon more recently make Green-Beckham a gamble in terms of off-field risk.
As far as football goes, the biggest knock against Green-Beckham is his time away from games this season. The receiver has also been chided for a lack of football knowledge and route running skills, but his numbers never suffered due to his physical prowess.
Strictly talent-wise, Green-Beckham could be a top-5 pick any year. However, with a big receiving class coming in and the questions surrounding Green-Beckham's off-field antics, he will likely fall to the late 1st or early 2nd round.
Towards the end of the 1st round is the most likely landing spot for the talented Green-Beckham. The receiver needs a GM that will take a chance on questionable character in favor of his physical abilities. The New England Patriots have not been shy to go out on a limb on players with character issues, and their pick (32nd) may be a prime slot to take the embattled receiver. Tom Brady won the Super Bowl this season with no major WR threat, and would benefit from a mammoth target beside Rob Gronkowski (who is the same height as Green-Beckham). If Green-Beckham preforms and measures well at the combine, expect Robert Kraft to bring in yet another piece for Tom Brady to utilize.