Miami Dolphins Draft Prospect: Dorial Green-Beckham
By Eric Roddy
With the uncertainty around WR Mike Wallace‘s future with the Miami Dolphins, the ‘Fins may need to draft a new number one receiver come draft time. Aside from Alabama’s Amari Cooper, there may not be a wide receiver with more upside in this upcoming draft than Oklahoma’s (and previously Missouri’s) Dorial Green-Beckham.
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At 6 foot 6, 225 pounds, Green-Beckham has Calvin Johnson type size. On top of that, he has been clocked running a 4.37 40 yard dash, which is just scary considering the size of his frame. As if that wasn’t enough, he can also jump incredibly high and has great hands. The only thing he doesn’t excel at is route running, but that can be fixed with time. The point is, Green-Beckham is a freak athlete, and has the size and ability to be any team’s true number one receiver. He could solve Miami’s red zone issues. He could play anywhere on the field, and create match up problems for opposing defenses, which is exactly what the Dolphins lack.
But there is a catch.
Green-Beckham is notorious for his off the field issues. Issues that got him kicked off of Missouri’s team, despite putting up 1,278 yards on 87 receptions for 17 scores in just two seasons. In his most recent issue, he was named a suspect in a burglary, and even though he was not convicted, he was kicked off of Missouri’s team, which is really saying something considering how good he is. He did not play a down for Oklahoma last season, and yet is still being considered a first to second round pick. He’s that good.
Green-Beckham’s off the field issues may be a blessing in disguise for the Miami Dolphins. Yes, the organization is just one year removed from all sorts of locker room issues, and no they do not need another headache. But, Beckham’s problems may lead to a decline in his stock, which means Miami could get him as a steal.
Bear Goggles On
He will undoubtedly be available when Miami picks at 14 overall in the first round, but there is no way the ‘Fins take him that high. While it is not likely, there is a decent chance Green-Beckham falls into the second round, and it may be in Miami’s best interest to take him if he does. He would lock in as Miami’s number one receiver, and would give them an instant red zone threat. Heck, he may even fix Ryan Tannehill’s long ball problem, by running down even Tannehill’s worst passes.
Whoever Green-Beckham falls to, it will be his off the field behavior as much as his on the field behavior that will define his career.