He is as physically a gifted athlete as there is in the NFL. Size, speed, power, leaping ability, you name it and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has it on a measurable scale, but character issues from his days at the University of Missouri cost him on draft day.
Still the Titans took a chance on the emense physical ability DGB posseses and selected him with the 40th overall pick, number eight in the second round in spite of what other teams thought of his character.
As the season begins its final quarter it seems that the Titans made the right decision in drafting the former troubled Tiger.
Following a slow start to the season, Green-Beckham has begun to find his way and has flashed the potentail that made him the top high school player in the country just a few short years ago.
While active in every gme this season, it wasn't until week two when DGB made his mark in a game, Facing a fourht-and-six in the fourth quarter on the road versus Cleveland, Marcus Mariota found DGB in the endzone for a 13 yard touchdown.. It was his first career reception and he became the first player since teammate Justin Hunter to record a touchdown on his first career reception.
The following week he recorded his second touchdown against Indianapolis, but managed just one other recpetion and a pedestrian 22 yards for the game.
One week later he would record the longest play of his career-to that point- against Miami as he finished that game with three catches for 57 yards with 32 of those coming on one reception.
Against Atlanta a week later at Nissan Stadium, DGB recorded his first career start, but failed to record a reception or make an impact on the game.
Stories were written calling him a bust and questioning why the Titans would take a chance on a troubled talent.
In his next game the stat line was none better, as he managed just one reception for 12 yards against the Texans defense in Houston.
Even more stories arose and questions surrounded former head coach Ken Whisenhunt as to why DGB was not a bigger part of the offense.
Whisenhunt was relieved of his duties the following week and since that time DGB has begun to become a more prevelant performer in interim head coach Mike Mularkey's offense.
In the first game under Mularkey, DGB posted his best game of the season to that point, colleting five passes for 77 yards and he recored two of his five receptions during the game winning drive in overtime.
The Jacksonville Jaguars came next and DBG was solid but unspectacular in the Titans road loss, grabbing three balls for 40 yards.
One week later the rookie would score his first two-point conversion of his career against Oaklnad while adding one other reception for 22 yards.
When the Jaguars came to Nashville last Sunday for round two, it was DGB's turn to produce, and he did it with flare.
His 47 yard catch and run touchdown was one of the most electrifying plays Nissan Stadium has seen in sometime, and it would be outdone later in the game and DGB would play a part in that one as well.
For the game, DGB had five receptiosns for a team leading 119 yards including that 47 yard score, but it was hs downfield block on Mariota's electric 87 yard scoring run that was the most impressive play of his day.
Other than last week versus the Jaguars, none of Green-Beckham's numbers are eye popping, but when compared to other rookies drafted ahead of him, the numbers will surprise you.
Names like Cooper, White, Perriman and Dorsett were all drafted ahead of DGB last April, but that hasn't bothererd Green-Beckham statistically.
Only Oakland rookie Amari Cooper has produced more receptions, yards and touchdowns among those receiver drafted ahead of him than Green-Beckham.
For the season, Cooper has recorded 62 receptions for 920 yards and four scores compared to DGB with 40 receptions for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Other rookes drafted below DGB have better numbers, but those players have been focal points of their teams offenses from day one.
He's not where he needs to be just yet, but it seems the light is coming on for Green-Beckham and with continued hard work plus the determination he seems to have, the Titans might just have their franchise receiver to go along with the quarterback of the future.
Time will tell, but DGB is proving the Titans right for selecting him despite his past.