It seems like every year the complaint about the Ravens is that they need to provide quarterback Joe Flacco with a tall, physical target. There are plenty of receivers like that in this upcoming draft, but none have all the traits of Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
The 6’6” receiver is very physical and also shows off nice speed for such a big receiver. The former five-star recruit started his career at the Missouri, where he had 395 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman. He improved even more his sophomore year, with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. Green-Beckham turned scouts heads quickly with his skill set, but the receiver soon dug a hole for himself by getting kicked off of Missouri’s football team.
Green-Beckham quickly transferred to Oklahoma, but was denied his appeal to play in the 2014 season. He decided to enter the 2015 draft with just two years of college football under his belt, but is a rare type of wide receiver. The knock on his draft status is going to be his character issues and whether he can keep it together in the NFL.
This would be a huge get for the Ravens if Green-Beckham can keep his act together because it would finally provide the Ravens with the big receiver they have always dreamed of having. He is a perfect red zone target and keeps good concentration on making the catch when matched up one-on-one in the end zone. He fits the Demaryius Thomas/Dez Bryant mold and could be a star if he lives up to his potential.
Green-Beckham’s draft stock is hard to judge, as some teams view him as a first round pick, while others do not want anything to do with him. It will be up to Ozzie and company if they want to go after him, but you have to think they remember the last time they almost had a physical receiver like this (one pick away from Dez Bryant).