2015 NFL Draft Profile: WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiverDorial Green-Beckham
(15) runs a touchdown past Auburn Tigers cornerbackChris Davis
(11) during the second quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
The schedule is in the books, we know who the Jets will be playing, and when. Now, let’s get back to figuring out who will be playing for the Jets. It’s time to return our attention to the next big event on the NFL schedule, the NFL draft.
Today, we take a look at a wide receiver prospect. This guy was an explosive player in college, when he was able to play. He had some off the field troubles that took him off the field, which certainly concern any draft evaluators. Daniel Jeremiah has the Jets selecting this player in the second round, so let’s see what he is all about.
Today, we are looking at WR Dorial Green-Beckham.
Next: College Career
Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
We start with Beckham’s college stats:
Receiving & Rushing
Green-Beckham certainly was explosive in his sophomore season at Missouri. 59 receptions, 12 of them for touchdowns is a great percentage. You will notice that there is no junior or senior season. Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri due to domestic violence issues. He transferred to Oklahoma, but had to sit out in 2014 due to transfer rules, then he decided to declare for the NFL draft.
Whether or not Beckham can play, these issues will come into play. He likely will have a strike against him. Josh Gordon will come to everyone’s mind.
Let’s continue to look at Beckham from an on-field point of view.
Next: NFL Combine
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
At the NFL Combine, Beckham measured in at 6’5″, 237 pounds. It’s no surprise that he is a red zone nightmare for defenses, he will be tough to stop at the next level standing at that height. He ran the forty yard dash in 4.49 seconds, the Three Cone Drill in 6.89 seconds, and jumped a vertical jump of 33.5 inches.
Here are his strengths and weaknesses from Dane Brugler’s Draft Guide:
STRENGTHS: Physical specimen with rare athleticism and triangle numbers (size/speed/strength) for his frame…plays with balance and core power to keep his center of gravity…uses long-striding acceleration to get vertical in a hurry and create separation in his routes…strong plant-and-go burst in his breaks, effortlessly shifting his momentum in his patterns, not having to gear down when changing directions…physical leaper with high-pointing prowess to climb the ladder and play in the clouds…uses his body beautifully in coverage to tower over defenders with an outrageous catching radius…aggressive at the catch point with loose body control, easy adjustments and large hands to pluck with an attacking mentality…not a push-over and shows a “take charge” on-field personality…swats corners away in his path and won’t let defenders dictate his pattern…productive when on the field with 87 catches in two seasons at Missouri, averaging a touchdown every 5.1 receptions.
WEAKNESSES: Functional strength is average-at-best, before and after the pass…still learning the route tree and took advantage of mostly packaged and vertical patterns…bad habit of getting lazy in his routes at times and doesn’t consistently read coverages to set up his movements…will allow the ball to reach his body at times, which leads to drops…needs seasoning and on-field reps after not playing since the 2013 season…not a consistent finisher with questionable work habits –uncertain accountability, both on and off the field…strong red flags and immature make-up…multiple off-field incidents, including two arrests for marijuana possession: first in Oct. 2012 with four other teammates; and then in Jan. 2014, although those charges were later dismissed when another person in the car where the drugs were found took ownership…was dismissed from Missouri after allegedly forcing himself into an apartment and pushing a female down the stairs – wasn’t formally charged because no one pressed charges, but could enter the NFL with a strike against him when it comes to domestic abuse.
Normally I don’t comment here, but there are a couple of things worth mentioning. The first is the domestic violence problem. Not good. Also, hearing that he runs mostly vertical routes, and is still learning the route tree, could be a problem. That sounds very similar to Stephen Hill, which is not a promising thought.
Next: Film and Final Thoughts
Using this game against Auburn, I see a raw player, that has ability. It is clear that Dorial Green-Beckham is a scoring threat. He is huge, and he can go up and get the football at its highest point. Beckham can get behind the defense, and leave them in the dust. His first step is quick, even taking a look at the wide receiver screen on the tape. He tucks it in, and he is out of there!
Beckham is very raw. His route running is not crisp. Even on a catch he made, his cut was not sharp, not precise. You can get away with that in college but not in the NFL. You also don’t see much of a blocker here. In the couple of plays on the tape where he blocked, he wasn’t good, and he didn’t look very committed, in my opinion.
There is talent here, but I don’t know if it is second round talent. I could see Dorial Green-Beckham in the third or fourth round, but to me, he is too risky as a second round pick.
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