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Report: Dorial Green-Beckham could skip 2014 college season, enter NFL Draft

Dorial Green-Beckham, Daytawion Lowe AP

After getting kicked off the football team at the University of Missouri earlier this year, receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is reportedly considering not playing football for any school this fall with the intention of declaring for next year’s NFL Draft.

According to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, Green-Beckham has still not enrolled at a new school after being dismissed from Missouri in April. In order to play this season, Green-Beckham would have to transfer to a lower division school to be eligible to play. For instance, St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins transferred to Division II North Alabama after being dismissed from the University of Florida.

However, Green-Beckham may elect not to play altogether. Per Fowler, Eastern Illinois – alma mater of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and New England Patriots draftee Jimmy Garoppolo – has not had contact with Green-Beckham and has been led to believe he will sit out next season. Eastern Illinois has been rumored as a potential destination for Green-Beckham.

It would be a similar decision as that of Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Mathieu didn’t play in 2012 after being dismissed from the LSU football team for a violation of team rules. Mathieu enrolled in a drug treatment program and was ultimately selected in the third round by the Cardinals in the 2013 draft.

However, Mathieu was a much more established player at the time.

Green-Beckham had a decent freshman campaign at Missouri before exploding as a sophomore. Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for Missouri being booted from the team.

NFL teams could be wary taking a chance on a player with just one stellar college season that was ultimately dismissed from the program. It could cost him an opportunity to be selected higher in the draft than if he played at a lower division school to recoup some value and put more of his ability on tape.

However, talent will ultimately find its way in the NFL. If he’s good enough, someone will give him a chance to show it.

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9 Responses to “Report: Dorial Green-Beckham could skip 2014 college season, enter NFL Draft”
  1. silentfreedom5 says: May 28, 2014 2:35 AM

    This kid was first in his recruiting class overall according to 247sports.com, he has the talent, he just needs to get his head on strait.

  2. ravenswhat says: May 28, 2014 7:07 AM

    This guy is a beast. I hope the Ravens get him in like the 4th rd.

  3. jkulha86 says: May 28, 2014 7:29 AM

    He shouldn’t be drafted or signed as a free agent.What kind of example would the NFL be setting if it allowed a player that was suspended multiple times, kicked off the team, and then refused to play at a lower level, and then is allowed to accomplish his dreams of playing in the NFL? Basically you’d be rewarding him for being a screw up. Allow him to go to Canada or the Arena league and prove that he has changed, and then maybe after a year or two there, maybe allow him in the NFL.

  4. crazycane says: May 28, 2014 7:36 AM

    Teams will be wary when you’re a great skill position player and you get kicked off an SEC team. They sweep stuff like underneath the rug

  5. danieladubay says: May 28, 2014 8:50 AM

    What happened to the supplemental draft?

  6. austinoxford says: May 28, 2014 10:37 AM

    This story reminds me a lot of Randy Moss going to Marshall after his problems at Notre Dame and FSU. Turned out pretty well for at least 3 parties involved; Moss, Pennington, and Marshall.

  7. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: May 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    Well, this is a refreshing change from the “don’t take bread out of your babies’ mouths by risking your body/future earning potential playing for free” drum that Florio always bangs.

    I guess on PFT, as in the rest of the world, there are different rules for sports culture heroes. Send him to the 49ers so he can be mentored by Aldon Smith already.

  8. greenbay4life says: May 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    Winona State University!

  9. djshnooks says: May 28, 2014 4:41 PM

    Moss was never a part of Notre Dame and he never suited up for Florida State. So, it is kind of a different situation really.

    This is the only reason I didn’t want Buffalo to trade their 1st round pick next year…but it sounds like they could still get him, as I doubt a team takes him in the 1st round.

    As for the supplemental draft…he has not been out of high school long enough. He has one more year until he is eligible.

    This kid could be the best WR of all-time, or the biggest bust of all-time…he is that much of a mystery. 1st round talent, undrafted head. Maybe the pressure being off him will help him turn things around. No longer a big recruit at a major D-1 university…no longer have to deal with the pressure of being a potential top-5 pick.

    Just worry about getting your life in order, staying in shape…and just get to the NFL.

    Once that happens, the sky’s the limit.

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