Breakdown: Titans Select Dorial Green-Beckham

Everything you need to know about the Tennessee Titans’ second-round selection of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham out of Oklahoma from Scout's college and pro football experts.

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Dorial Green-Beckham
Oklahoma / 6'5 / 237 lbs
  • WR
  • [2] #8

Analysis

DGB was arguably the hottest and most coveted prospect in the Class of 2012. He signed with Missouri and had a super two year run with the Tigers before being dismissed from the team. Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He transferred to Oklahoma but never played a down in Norman. Now he comes into the NFL Draft with character questions off the field coupled with physical attributes for the position that has coaches, scouts and GMs drooling. This kid has elite size (6-5/237), speed and athleticism. No he’s not Calvin Johnson but he’s pretty close physically. DGB is a specimen with a very high ceiling if he does things the right way.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

Instant Analysis from Scout's Jamie Newberg:

There’s no question in my mind that Dorial Green-Beckham is a first-round talent. This was a steal by the Titans. DGB was arguably the hottest and most coveted prospect in the Class of 2012. He signed with Missouri and had a super two year run with the Tigers before being dismissed from the team. Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He transferred to Oklahoma but never played a down in Norman. Now he comes into the NFL Draft with character questions off the field coupled with physical attributes for the position that had coaches, scouts and GMs drooling. This kid has elite size (6-5/237), speed and athleticism. No he’s not Calvin Johnson but he’s pretty close physically. DGB is a specimen with a very high ceiling if he does things the right way. Tennessee could have an exciting battery with Marcus Mariota and DGB. Wow.

Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:

To most scouts, Dorial Green-Beckham reminds them of Josh Gordon on the football field, but also appears to be following the Browns receiver’s pattern off the field. Numerous issues led to him leaving Missouri. On the field, at 6-foot-5, he’s not going to “get small” and slip past the crowd, so he has to utilize his size and strength to fight for yardage.

He impressed teams at the NFL Scouting Combine in the agility tests, especially in the speed drills. At 237 pounds, some tight end-needy team in a draft absent of any decent depth at tight end, might see an organization let his frame mature at that position, while also knowing that his quickness and stride will allow him to be equally effective if aligned wide.

Green-Beckham runs hard and once he breaks free, as his burst lets him beat even the speedy defenders in attempts to take the ball to the house. He excels on crossers and sideline throws, using his strength and size to shield the ball from defenders. He has strong hands to secure the ball before running and the second gear to turn a short pass into a long gainer.

The former Missouri Tiger is a smart player who needs only normal reps to retain. He plays with good vision and instincts, but needs to improve his timing on jump ball situations. He understands the coverage and will have no problems grasping the mental side of the play-book.

The receiver knows how to use his size and arm extension to get a quick release off the snap. He shows good closing speed running under sideline throws and the quickness to get into his routes without being impeded. He shows the burst to escape the press, but looks a bit stiff when changing direction. His size and strength lets him consistently beat the jam and with his speed, he can run up a cornerback in an instant.

Green-Beckham is a good power receiver on crossers and sideline throws, using his strength and size to shield the ball from defenders. He has strong hands to secure the ball before running (no fumbles) and the second gear to turn a short pass into a long gainer. You can see that he can reach top speed instantly, but his long stride could surprise a lethargic defender.

It is rare to see such a long strider gain ground and separate in space like Green-Beckham can. He uses his speed well to get deep, but is best when used on crossers and sideline routes than when going up the seam (better down field than on deep routes, as he tends to lose sight of the ball over his head). He has the quickness to challenge deep, but there were times in 2013 that he had to run a double move to get open.

Green-Beckham has the second gear to escape or he can use his strength to get physical in attempts to separate. He has that burst along the sidelines that let him escape company on his routes, but he needs to show better hip sink on his cuts. Because of his size, he lacks the hip wiggle to elude when working in a crowd.

Working along the sidelines, he is much more effective at using his speed to elude. He also knows how to use his body and has a knack for finding the open spots in the zone. In man coverage, he is very adept at using his burst to separate consistently, as he shows the ability to pull away after the catch once he is in the open field.

Green-Beckham lacks the “big mitts” you expect from a player his size (9-inch width), and while he shows he can reach and pluck for the ball away from his frame, but there are those few drops and bobbles. He can generate a strong jolt to defeat the press and works hard with his hands to sustain when blocking in-line. He is a natural hands catcher that can make the difficult grab, but when he drops some, it is usually due to concentration issues.

The receiver is an imposing figure off the line with a combination of quickness and strength to gain ground and position off the ball. He is a long strider and can eat up the cushion, and in tight coverage, he uses his size well to out-muscle his way through traffic. His body also serves well when shielding defenders from the ball on underneath routes. He is effective at pushing off defenders to work his way back to the ball.

On draft day, some team will overlook his mounting off-field issues, only because that they recognize he is a player with explosive speed and when he gets into the open field, he has the burst to finish. He has a nice feel for tracking the over-the-shoulder deep ball and knowing his position along the sideline. If his head is in the game, he is not a player who will let passes get into his pads.

Dorial Green-Beckham Scouting Combine measurables


6-5/237 (4.49 forty)
32 1/2-inch arm length
9-inch hands
13-reps
33.5-inch vertical jump
119-inch broad jump
6.89 3 cone drill
4.45 20 yard shuttle
11.89 60 yard shuttle

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.

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