Dorial Green-Beckham   WR   Oklahoma

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

STRENGTHS
Dorial is a tall, long-striding receiver with those soft hands you pray the doctor has when you have to go for that uncomfortable check-up. (You know, the check-up when they tell you to turn your head and cough.) This kid could catch an uncooked egg without breaking it 20 yards down the field. He is a weapon down the field and in the end zone as well as being a solid run after the catch receiver. He does a good job on those quick ďbehind the scrimmageĒ receiver screens Ė thatís IF you get the ball into his hands before he gets hit. He has good balance and vision when running the ball and does not take big hits in spite of the fact that he is so tall. Dorial does a good job blocking and looks to be engaged and giving effort on every offensive play in the 2013 film I have been analyzing for this profile. He is very talented and can be the type of receiver you can build your offense around because of his size, speed, excellent hands, and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Dorial is a red zone match-up nightmare for the opponents.

CONCERNS
We all know about Dorialís off field problems, but he also has some issues that will come back to haunt him if he canít improve them at the next level on the field. First, he is too smart for his own good. He is a lazy route runner because of the competition that he goes up against. He can get big time separation because of his long stride, but prefers not to bother. When he makes his cuts, instead of exploding out of them, he glides. He can disappear if the play against him gets physical. Ask him to run a quick slant on third and short, and he has those pesky alligator arms. Unless he is running a deep route, Dorial wants the ball before the defense gets to him and not in traffic unless itís in the red zone. Against single coverage, Dorial excels, but add a hard hitting safety to the coverage and Dorial prefers the ball go to the other side of the field.

BOTTOM LINE
Dorial passed a big test this year. Oklahoma had a zero tolerance drug and behavior policy on him and sat him mostly on the bench. To his credit he did not fail, butÖcoming out early after not playing much in 2014 kind of leaves a sour taste in the mouth and is a slap in the face of the Oklahoma coaches who took him in and gave him another chance. Because of his lack of play this year, there isnít enough film to evaluate him in recent games, so I had to go back into THRís DVD library and pull out all the games of when Dorial played for Missouri in the 2013 season. Dorial is in for a bit of a shock at the next level because for the first time in his life, he will be tested athletically. If he is not up to the task, he will have a very long first year in the NFL, a lot longer than it was this year in Oklahoma, I can promise him that. The question is, will he be able to deal with this type of adversity? He seems to have dealt with the off field stuff and has hopefully put it behind him, but he has never been tested athletically before. Is he ready? Will he work at it and become the player his talents suggest that he can become? I donít see Dorial getting out of the first round in this draft. The Seahawks, Patriots, Packers and Colts all can use Dorial, not to mention teams earlier in this loaded receiver draft. For me, as I said before, this draft is loaded with receivers and I know there will be receivers who will impact as much (if not more) than Dorial and for that reason I would wait until the second round. After all, he is not a finished product; he needs to work a lot harder than he has in the past and Iím not sure how well he can handle the intricacies of a NFL play book. I told you that Dorial might be too smart for his own good and that tells me that he needs to go to a team for which he will have immediate respect for the coaching staff. A coaching staff that has a stable environment like the Colts, Packers, Seahawks or Patriots in the latter part of the first round. I can see that happening and that would be good for him.

Drew Boylhart
FEB/2015