With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Dorial Green-Beckham
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 237 Pounds
2015 Stats: 87 Receptions, 1278 Yards, 17 Touchdowns
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Dorial Green-Beckham’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Green-Beckham.
Pros: Green-Beckham has an incredible frame and combines that with remarkable athleticism. He had elite production this past season and was an impossible cover for teams, even when they threw double teams at him. He has a great combination of balance and power and does an unbelievable job locating balls at their high point. He has elite acceleration and uses his long stride to create separation. He is an elite jumper. Has great body control and does a wonderful job locating balls at their high point. Can run over defenders as well as around them and when he puts his mind to it, he is a great blocker.
Cons: Does not run great routes and does not understand the full route tree. Gets very lazy out of his breaks and relies on physical talent alone to succeed. Has obvious character concerns and does not seem to be able to recognize coverage schemes. Is not always a hands-catcher and at times causes him to drop passes.
Our Take: Green-Beckham is an extraordinary prospect with Calvin Johnson like upside. However, he is very lazy both on and off the field and has a history with marijuana. He does not run routes well and relies on his physical tools to make plays. If he can put it all together, he will be a franchise wide receiver, however, there are major questions of whether or not he can do that.
Final Grade: 92 Out of 100
In terms of pure talent, Green-Beckham deserves a 96 or 97 rating however I am knocking him down to a 92 due to both character concerns and concerns about his work ethic. If he can put it all together and finally focus on his craft, he will be a huge steal in the mid to late first round and will make a team very happy. However, he is going to be a constant headache for whoever drafts him as they will have to work to keep him above the influence of both drugs and laziness.
Possible Draft Spots: I see Green-Beckham as the fourth wide receiver off the board, after Amari Cooper, Kevin White, and DeVante Parker. That would place him somewhere in the late teens to twenties, to a team like Kansas City at 18, Cleveland at 19, Baltimore at 26, Indianapolis at 29, Seattle at 31 or New England at 32.
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