Dorial Green-Beckham has freakish size and athleticism rivaled only by the likes of players like Calvin Johnson and Randy Moss. While his official 40-yard dash time at the combine was 4.49, he has been clocked as fast as 4.37.

He has the talent to be a top five pick in the draft. Unfortunately he also has quite a few red flags. As you can see, DGB is listed as an Oklahoma WR, but he never played a single snap as a Sooner. He was dismissed from Missouri prior to the 2014 season for a litany of issues. He transferred to Oklahoma for the 2014 season, however, the NCAA rejected his appeal to play without sitting out a season. He decided to forego his last season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

The reasons for his dismissal are extremely alarming. In 2012, Green-Beckham was suspended two games for possession of marijuana. Then in January 2014, he was arrested with a pound of marijuana. The original charge was possession of an illegal substance with an intent to sell. He was arrested again in April of 2014. This time he was being investigated for burglary and assault. Green-Beckham allegedly forced his way in to an apartment and knocked a female down a flight of stairs. He was not charged because apparently the woman feared the backlash would be terrible if she pursued the case against DGB. He also is considered a bit of an underachiever and is said to lack work ethic.

It will be very interesting to see how teams will rank him and where he is drafted. Let’s break down the strengths and weaknesses that NFL GM’s will be looking at in this year’s NFL Draft:

Name: Dorial Green-Beckham
Position: WR
College: Oklahoma
Year: Junior
Height: 6’5
Weight: 237
40-yard dash: 4.49
Projected Round in NFL Draft: 1-2

2012 Statistics (suspended 2 games)
Receiving: REC:28 YDS:395 AVG:14.1 LNG:80 TD:5

2013 Statistics
Receiving: REC:59 YDS:883 AVG:15.0 LNG:68 TD:12

Strengths

– Freakish athleticism
– Huge frame
– Even when he’s covered, he’s open
– Excellent balance
– Creates separation
– Excellent acceleration
– Superior ability to cut and change directions
– Physical jumper
– High-points the ball
– Great catches radius
– Uses his frame to his advantage
– Aggressive attacking the ball
– Large hands
– Will not be re-routed by defensive backs down field

Weaknesses

– Lacks broad route tree
– Lacks experience
– Questionable functional strength
– Has a tendency to get lazy in his routes
– Not great at reading and reacting to coverages
– Allows the ball to get to his body at times
– Questionable work habits
– Debatable accountability
– Legal issues, both drug related and violent in nature

Summary

Regardless of all his issues, I suspect somebody will take a chance on this kid in the first round. He is just too talented for every team to overlook. Nonetheless, it is possible that he does fall to the second round. As we get closer to the draft the one name you’re going to constantly hear when DGB is mentioned is Josh Gordon. That will be enough to scare many teams away. In the past we’ve seen these types of situations work out both ways. Some troubled wideouts that slip in the draft turn out to be Randy Moss, while others end up like Josh Gordon.

Draft Range: Mid-First, Mid-Second

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About The Author Mark Morales-Smith

Long time fantasy football and basketball player. Favorite sports teams include Dolphins, Hurricane Football, Cavs, Bearcats Bball, Devils, Braves.