Detroit Lions Draft Profiles: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, OU


The Detroit Lions signed Golden Tate through free agency and spent their top 10 pick  last season on athletic tight end Eric Ebron. Both additions factor to be nice long-term pieces for the Lions alongside Calvin Johnson, but it may be time to start thinking about a complimentary threat that can stretch the field on the outside in the 2015 NFL Draft.

What better way to reduce the wear and tear than by adding another Megatron type of body on the opposite side of the field in Dorial Green-Beckham?

Green-Beckham would likely be viewed as a luxury pick, particularly in the first round, for the Lions who have more pressing needs elsewhere. But should the 6’6” wideout be there when it comes time for the Lions to make their selection in round two, Green-Beckham could be a steal.

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Height: 6’6”

Weight: 237

225-lb Bench Press: 13 reps

Vertical: 33.5 inches

40-yard dash: 4.49

Broad Jump: 120 inches

Traits and projected round

While DBG is a physical specimen who oozes first round potential, the draw back is his troubled history off the field. sums up Green-Beckham’s off the field issues and his on the field talent best:

"Enrolled at Oklahoma in 2014 after being dismissed from Missouri football team following two seasons with program. Ineligible to play in 2014 due to transfer rules. Was dismissed from Missouri program after being subject of burglary and assault investigation by police. He allegedly pushed a female down some stairs during the incident that was investigated. He didn’t face charges from the incident. Was arrested twice for marijuana-related incidents. In January 2014, he was arrested along with two other men after police found a pound of marijuana in their car. No charges were filed. In October 2012, he was arrested along with two teammates after they were allegedly caught smoking marijuana in a campus parking lot. He was suspended for the Vanderbilt game after the arrest. In 2013, led Missouri in receptions (59), yards (883) and touchdowns (12). Was rated the top overall prospect in the country coming out of Hillcrest (Mo.) and was named National High School Player of the Year. His father was his high school coach. Finished his high school career with 6,353 receiving yards and 75"

Among other flaws in Green-Beckham’s game, he only ran three routes (stops, slants, and goes) and aside from his natural abilities he is still very raw in the development process. Despite all of those draw backs, he’s still receiving lofty praise and viewed as an all-pro type of talent to some scouts.

Via Albert Breer,

"“He’s one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen,” said one AFC college scout who has extensive experience evaluating Green-Beckham. “He’s special. He’s gigantic; he has tremendous body control, balance; he runs like a deer and can leap out of the gym and high-point the ball. He’s special. It’s impressive. If not for all that stuff, he’d be the best receiver to come out since Calvin Johnson.”"

Why the Lions could draft Dorial Green-Beckham

Martin Mayhew admitted he missed on the 2011 draft, which contained diabolical players like Titus Young who is facing major jail time, and Mikel Leshoure who had a couple of marijuana incidents himself–both of whom were second round draft picks. Would Mayhew really draft another player with character concerns in the second round after 2011? If that player is the best player available on his board, you betcha.

Can you imagine being a defensive coordinator game planning for a lineup of Dorial Green-Beckham and Calvin Johnson on the outside with Golden Tate and Eric Ebron in the inside?

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