Troubled former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was not drafted during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
Undoubtedly, the litany of off-field concerns played a factor in Green-Beckham’s drop along with the fact that he didn’t play football last season, because he’s an elite player in terms of raw physical talent.
That talent wasn’t enough to obscure the fact that Green-Beckham, 22, was arrested twice for marijuana possession during his time at MU and dismissed from the program amid a burglary and assault investigation.
He was suspended for one game in October 2012 after he and three teammates were caught smoking pot in the Memorial Stadium parking lot. The charge was later reduced to second-degree trespassing.
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Green-Beckham also was arrested in January 2014 in Springfield for alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, charges that were later dropped when another passenger in the car claimed ownership of the marijuana.
Three months later, Green-Beckham was the subject of a Columbia Police Department investigation into his role in an alleged burglary at the Brookside Apartments, where he allegedly pushed a female resident down some stairs and dragged his girlfriend from the residence by her neck.
There also questions about Green-Beckham’s sloppy route-running and his ability to digest an NFL playbook in addition to considerable character concerns.
Green-Beckham was the No. 1-ranked prospect in the 2012 high school class by Rivals and arguably the most high-profile signing of the Gary Pinkel era.
He was an honorable mention freshman All-American in 2012, according to College Football News, after racking up 28 receptions for 395 yards with five touchdowns as a true freshman.
Green-Beckham had a breakout season as a sophomore with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping the Tigers win the first of back-to-back SEC East division crowns during a 12-2 season that was capped by a Cotton Bowl victory.
Of course, if you take away the seven catches for 100 yards and four touchdowns at Kentucky and six catches for 144 yards and two scores in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn, Green-Beckham’s production was a more pedestrian 46 catches for 639 yards with six touchdowns in the other 10 games.
Still, Green-Beckham is a 6-foot-5, 237-pound vertical threat who ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and is close to unstoppable in the red zone with his ability to high point the football.
He’s likely to be chosen sometime Friday when the second and third rounds are selected.