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Doral Green-Beckham, the Oklahoma Sooner underclassman receiver, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after sitting out the 2014 college football season due to transfer rules. DGB enrolled at Oklahoma after being dismissed from Missouri following an April, 2014 off-field incident that allegedly involved a burglary and violence. While no charges were filed, it wasn’t the first time that DGB found himself in trouble with the law. His off-field incidents are well-documented and can be found via a simple google search. While at Missouri, DGB had a breakout season in 2013 when he totaled 53 catches for 883 yards and 12 TDs. In 2012, he totaled 28 catches, 395 yards and 5 TDs. He was considered the No. 1 overall high school recruit in his class, as he set national receiving records. He was also a track and field standout, winning Missouri’s Gatorade track and field athlete of the year award in 2009-2010. Physically, DGB is a rare prospect at the receiver position. His 6’6″ frame is as imposing and intimidating as it gets. He has long arms and a well-developed lower half; He gets a good lift off the ground for jump balls and has an elite catch radius. Athletically, DGB is a smooth open-field runner who is coordinated and balanced. He’s an average wiggle guy who chews up a lot of ground with his natural stride. He possesses enough long speed to beat coverage down the sideline for the long ball, while also displaying enough quickness off the line to eat up the cushion in a hurry. DGB has a long wingspan that he uses to make plays on the football; It’s almost impossible to throw a bad pass to him. He runs hard after the catch, as his natural frame and aggressive style is a handful for tacklers to bring to the ground. DGB is a smooth catcher, displaying the ability to make the catch in stride and turn upfield. The ball can get to his body at times, but he has such a large “box-out” frame that it’s not as concerning as it is with smaller receivers. He’s an elite redzone, jump ball guy; DGB’s height, jumping ability and sound hands create the ultimate mismatch on the high-point throws in the end zone. DGB is still a work-in-progress as an intermediate route runner, but he possesses the kind of balance and acceleration out of his breaks that suggests success with next-level coaching. DGB is a viable target on all three levels of the passing game, as he displayed the ability to take the short pass/bubble screen for large chunks of yards. He will need improvement as a downfield blocker, as he appeared disinterested at times and failed to give maximum effort on running plays.
BOTTOM LINE: Dorial Green-Beckham is a truly special wide receiver prospect. When viewing him strictly as a football player, he’s a sure-fire top-10 pick who could challenge for top-3 status. But the reality is that as impressive as his on-field talent may be, his off-field concerns are simply too significant to ignore. There are plenty of examples of guys with “checkered” histories who have righted the ship in the NFL (Dez Bryant, Randy Moss), but there are also guys like Josh Gordon that make you think twice. If DGB’s bad decisions are behind him and his focus is solely on football, he will be one of the truly dominant NFL talents. It will take a very brave GM to bank on the “if.” He’s the ideal Day 2 pick for an NFL team, as the risk is greatly outweighed by the reward at that point.
GRADE: Talent = 9.0 (Top-10). Character = UDFA.
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)