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- Position: Wide Receiver (WR)
- Class: Junior
- College: Oklahoma
- Ht/Wt: 6'6", 225 pounds
Who is Dorial Green-Beckham? He's a huge receiver with very good athleticism and supreme body control who sat out this season after transferring schools. The transfer came after his dismissal at Missouri following several arrest incidents, including marijuana possession and domestic violence, in which he allegedly pushed a woman down a flight of stairs. He was not charged in the latter case due to a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim.
On the field, Green-Beckham is the latest receiver in the mold of Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, and A.J. Green - a huge body with athleticism that you can send practically any pass to. He has an excellent knack for positioning, is capable of making some very contested catches, and he is incredibly determined and physical at the catch point. He is still raw as a route runner, especially given that he sat out this season at Oklahoma. At Missouri, most of his work was limited to posts, go routes, curls, and the occasional middle screen.
Green-Beckham isn't a one dimensional player. After the catch, he shows physicality and the ability to drag tacklers, and he has the acceleration and deep speed to buy an extra yard or two downfield. Right now, he has to improve his route precision to help him get open easier. He can catch waist-level passes in stride, but still breaks stride for some other off-target passes. He shows excellent blocking potential, if his technique improves.
Every year, there will be plenty of speculation about certain individuals in the draft process. Last year's group included Johnny Manziel and Colt Lyerla. One was a first-round pick; the other went undrafted. Every team needs to do homework on Dorial Green-Beckham.
While I don't consider him the best receiver in this draft due to how much learning he has to do, he has the highest ceiling of any receiver in this draft. In Buffalo, he could upgrade this receiver corps to the most dangerous in the league, as the physical monster opposite Sammy Watkins, with Robert Woods destroying safeties from the slot.
Ultimately, how he performs will depend on what really happened with his arrests, and if he is willing to change his ways. He could be the next Dez Bryant, or he could be the next Josh Gordon. I'm grading him near the second round, and the fact that we haven't heard anything about Green-Beckham since he went to Oklahoma is a good sign. Assuming he has turned his life around, there are far worse choices for the Bills to make than Green-Beckham with their first draft pick.