In his latest mock draft, NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah had the Chiefs selecting former Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the 18th overall pick.
At the Senior Bowl practices this week, he explained why.
“The Chiefs’ receivers scored as many touchdowns as you did, that’s why I was looking at a receiver,” Jeremiah joked. “Andy (Reid), being around him in Philadelphia, I know he always believes in the best in everybody, and we’ve seen Michael Vick come into that situation and turn his life around. So I know there’s some off-field stuff you have to dig into there, but he is a talented, talented player.”
Green-Beckham, the No. 1 overall high school prospect in 2012, enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign at Missouri in which he caught 59 passes and scored 12 touchdowns. But several off-field incidents led to his dismissal last April.
Green-Beckham landed at Oklahoma, but was forced to sit out the year after the NCAA denied his request for a waiver that would have allowed him to play immediately. He has had no known off-field incidents since then, and Jeremiah said Green-Beckham’s skill set reminds him of a player who was taken third overall in 2005.
“He actually reminded me a little bit of … I was in Cleveland when we had Braylon Edwards, and everybody knows Braylon kind of flamed out, but he had what, a 16-touchdown year? DGB reminds me of him.”
Missouri running back Marcus Murphy was added to the North roster on Friday. Murphy, who is listed at 5 feet 9 and 195 pounds, rushed 177 times for 924 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also a dangerous return man, returning four punts and three kickoffs for scores at Missouri.
Meanwhile, Missouri pass rusher Markus Golden remains a game-time decision for Saturday’s Senior Bowl Game. He missed Thursday’s practice because of a strained groin and spent Friday undergoing treatment.
Players of the week
Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis was chosen the Most Outstanding Practice Player of the Week at the annual players banquet on Thursday, as voted on by a panel of NFL scouts.
Other positional winners included: Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson, Miami receiver Phillip Dorsett, Northern Iowa running back David Johnson, Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton, Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony and TCU cornerback Kevin White.