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May 28, 2014

NFL Rumors: Dorial Green-Beckham could skip college season, enter Draft


By on 8:28 PM

Sometimes your troubles out-weigh your talent and that spells doom for most athletes. Thus, the case for former Missouri Tiger stand out wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

The Tigers parted ways with Green-Beckham in April of 2014 because he was accused of pushing a woman down a flight of stairs after forcing his way into the apartment. That was the straw that broke the camels back following a number of drug-related run-ins. Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel on Green-Beckham’s dismissal:

"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind. Doral’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start."

By: Mike Ehrmann
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Green-Beckham stands 6’6” and weighs 225 pounds with freakish athletic ability. During his freshman season Green-Beckham totaled 28 catches for 395 yards and led the team with 5 TD’s all while missing two games due to suspension. The troubled receiver followed his freshman campaign by earning 2nd team All-SEC honors by averaging 15 yards per reception and tallying 12 TD’s.

Once Green-Beckham wore out his welcome in Missouri, he needed a new home. He was rumored to be transferring to Eastern Illinois to continue his collegiate career and finish his path to the NFL draft but with the college football season less than 100 days away from kickoff, Green-Beckham is not listed in any Eastern Illinois programs or depth charts.

By: Kevin C. Cox
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As mentioned by cbssports.com, Green-Beckham looks to possibly be taking the honey badger Tyrann Mathieu approach and possibly sitting for a year and then testing the NFL waters. No Green-Beckham does not have the hype surrounding him as the former LSU Tiger Mathieu did but he is talented enough to make an impact on someone’s roster in his rookie season similar to the impact Mathieu made for the Arizona Cardinals. In a pass happy league, who wouldn’t go for a 6’6” receiver who can do everything except stay out of trouble apparently?

Based on raw talent alone he could have been a first rounder but when you have a sketchy past, all bets are off and you better open some eyes in a positive way come combine time. Whatever the outcome may be for Green-Beckham it shall be an interesting one. A year away is probably what the young man needs, humble himself and to get his priorities straight are a must.

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