Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Make no mistake – Dorial Green-Beckham will most likely not be a top ten pick, and certainly not the number two overall pick that Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson was back in 2007. Regardless of the similarities between these two when it comes to on field talent and measurables, Johnson did not lumber through the tumultuous college career that DGB has.
Nobody has ever doubted Green-Beckham’s raw talent and upside as a true difference maker, however. There aren’t too many guys that come out of college with the ability to be a top ten or even top five talent at their respective position, so teams have no choice but to take notice. But with the recent issues surrounding uber talented receivers who can’t get their act together (Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon), teams are going to be more skeptical to roll the proverbial dice.
Dorial Green-Beckham is already gaining steam at the 2015 NFL Combine as he is almost a physical mirror image of Calvin Johnson, a player who he has drawn many comparisons to already. He measured in at 6’5″ and 237 pounds at the combine, which is eerily close to Johnson’s listed 6’5″ and 236 pounds. Many analysts also feel that DGB is the most talented receiver to enter the draft since Megatron.
So we can’t blame Ravens Nation for getting all worked up when mock drafters consider him a target for the team at number 26. Even though the Ravens’ brain trust is reportedly taking a longer look at character this offseason after last year’s PR black eye(s), it’s impossible to imagine the difference making potential of Dorial Green-Beckham.
How the talented but troubled young man interviews with teams this week is going to play a big role in his draft position. If teams feel like he is past his prior transgressions and committed to football moving forward, it is likely a team will take a shot earlier rather than later. But these are the kind of risk/reward picks that can make or break a team. Just look at the Cleveland Browns for an example of the latter.
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