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ESPN’s Todd McShay: Dorial Green-Beckham remains a first-round talent

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay views former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham as a possible first-round pick after the NFL Combine.

Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from the Tigers in April amid a burglary and assault investigation, sat out last season at Oklahoma under NCAA transfer rules.

It’s no secret why NFL teams are intrigued.

“The guy’s a monster — 6 (feet) 5, 237 (pounds),” McShay said. “(He’s) very similar to Calvin Johnson in terms of size. Calvin ran an electronic official time of 4.40 in the 40; he ran a 4.49. It’s not Calvin’s time, but it’s still outstanding. It’s rare for a guy that size.”

Green-Beckham also ran a decent times in the three-cone drill (6.89) and 20-yard shuttle (4.45) for an athlete his size, but not all of his testing numbers were exemplary.

“The rest was kind of just OK,” McShay said. “He ran a good three-cone with a 6.89. His jumps weren’t outstanding. They were sort of average to below average, a 33 1/2 (inch) vertical and a 9-(foot)-11 broad (jump). … I would think he would want to improve on the lower-body explosiveness — the vertical and the broad jump.”

Of course, the raw data only paints part of the picture for Green-Beckham, who also was arrested twice for marijuana possession during his two seasons at Missouri.

“So much of it is going to be on character and the team — what they have in terms of veteran leadership and what they have in terms of a receiver coach and a guy that can work with him, because he’s as raw as can be,” McShay said. “But he’s also, you could argue, if not the most naturally talented, he’s up there in the top two or three in terms of just pure, raw talent at the receiver position in this class.

“That’s why I still think there’s a chance that he winds up, despite everything else off the field and how raw he is and how long it’s been since he’s played, that DGB still winds up in the late first-round range.”

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