Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the football program, Missouri announces
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 11, 2014
Green-Beckham is a superb athlete. He’s 6-6 and 225lbs, won state high school championships in the 100 meters and the triple jump and he was one of the top recruits in the country when he committed to Missouri.
Even in a losing effort he looked like the best player on the field in the SEC Championship game last season. He was a first round pick before he played even a snap of college football.
And now? Who knows.
He’s had several issues during his time at Missouri, but this latest one — detailed by ESPN’s Edward Aschoff — appears to be the straw that broke the camels back:
Green-Beckham was the subject of an investigation by Columbia, Mo., police this week after an 18-year-old Missouri student said the receiver forced open her apartment door at 2:30 a.m. Sunday while trying to see his girlfriend, a friend of the alleged victim.
The woman said Green-Beckham pushed her down at least four stairs.
Another roommate told police the 6-foot-6, 225-pound athlete pushed the first woman with two hands to the chest. Later that night, the two told a detective they didn’t want to press charges, and police closed the case Thursday without an arrest.
Green-Beckham has two prior marijuana-related arrests. In January, Green-Beckham and two other men were arrested after Springfield, Mo., police found a pound of marijuana in their car. No charges were filed in that case.
In October 2012, Green-Beckham, then a freshman, was charged with marijuana possession in Columbia and later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing after he and two teammates were reportedly smoking marijuana in a campus parking lot. Green-Beckham was suspended for one game after that arrest.
Gary Pinkel, Missouri’s Head Coach, says “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs.”
I suspect he’ll join up with a smaller school and play football next year — in an attempt to prove to NFL teams he’s a ‘changed man’. Several players have gone down this road. None have been able to maintain their lofty position as a high pick.
It’s particularly frustrating when it’s a player as good as Green-Beckham. He had all the tools to be an elite NFL receiver. What a complete waste of talent to get involved in issues such as this.
He’s also made sure fans of every NFL team in the world will spend the entire draft process next year asking whether their team will be the one “to give him a chance.”
Because that type of conversation never gets boring.
Carr rising, Bridgewater falling?
Chris Mortensen is reporting good news for Derek Carr, but not so good news for Teddy Bridgewater:
On NFL Insiders, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on #FresnoState QB Derek Carr: “I really believe that he’s gonna go somewhere between 8 & 20.”
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 11, 2014
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Teddy Bridgewater: “His private workouts have also gone very shakily.” Teams concerned about Teddy’s hand size.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 11, 2014
This follows a trend that has lasted for a few weeks now.
It shouldn’t really surprise anyone.
Bridgewater’s a pretty good quarterback. Is he special? Is he even going to be ‘pretty good’ in the NFL? I can’t answer that. And neither can I get excited about him leading my franchise if I’m a team needing a QB.
That’s not to say I’d be one of the teams potentially drafting Derek Carr instead between picks 8-20. I wouldn’t do that. I’d rather wait and take my chances on developing Tom Savage or Logan Thomas in a later round (if I was the GM of a patient team, of course).
But Carr has the arm. Teams who want to run a conventional high percentage passing game will feel he’s a good fit. Minnesota with Norv Turner, Arizona with Bruce Arians. Carr is much more suited to that type of offense. And they’re two of the teams in that 8-20 range that theoretically will look for a quarterback.
I’ve long thought Bridgewater was a more accomplished version of Andy Dalton — who went in the early second round. He’s in that mould of pretty good technical passer who will probably make mistakes at the next level while also winning you football games. That type of player is always seen as better value in round two — for whatever reason.
And hey — there are probably teams in 2011 who wished they’d drafted Dalton in round one despite his flaws. There will be teams who end up feeling that way about Bridgewater if he drops into round two.
But I get why it might happen. I get why Carr could be drafted first.
Personally I wouldn’t be rushing to the podium to get either player.
Maybe a team like Cleveland jumps up to go after Carr? They’ve reportedly got a lot of interest there.
And maybe, as we’ll go into in a moment, we’ll end up seeing more trades in round one than we ever anticipated?
Teams covet Mike Evans
According to Tony Pauline, the team who takes receiver Mike Evans will likely be trading up to get him:
Based on conversations its my educated “guess” the team who selects Evans will make a trade to acquire his services.
Right now it looks like three teams are the frontrunners to make some sort of move for Evans. If the St Louis Rams trade out of the second spot, and they will make every effort to do as much, Evans would be a target assuming they stay in the top ten.
Two teams selecting in the middle of the first frame who are very high on Evans and would consider trading up to grab him are the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.
Pauline also reports several teams have Zach Martin graded higher than Taylor Lewan
On the trade talk — it’s interesting how many potential deals are currently being discussed. Here’s a breakdown of all the rumours doing the rounds:
— The Texans and Rams both want to trade down from #1 and #2
— The Jacksonville Jaguars are also showing interest in trading down from #3
— The Detroit Lions might be prepared to trade up for Sammy Watkins
— The Falcons are interested in moving up
— Philadelphia and Baltimore might be willing to trade up for Mike Evans
For me Watkins and Evans are about as safer picks as you can get in this class — particularly if you have a quarterback like Matt Stafford or an offense like Philadelphia’s.
It makes a lot of sense to move up and target them, even in a deep draft. Teams have to be prepared to be pro-active. This great class isn’t just about depth — it’s about top tier talent.
The worst value in this draft might come in the 13-23 range in the first round. You miss out on the top 10-12 prospects, and players who would be considered great value at 25-32 might not look quite so attractive to a team like Baltimore at #17.
We might end up seeing a perfect storm for movement — with rebuilding teams like the Jaguars collecting picks and sides like the Ravens going for a big-time addition.
Either way, don’t rule out the possibility of several moves within the first round. It could happen.
Seahawks meet with UCLA prospect
Seahawks met with UCLA DE Cassius Marsh in Westwood today, per source.
— Ross Jones (@RossJonesFOX) April 11, 2014
Marsh is 6-4 and 252lbs — he ran a 4.89 at the combine but managed a 1.66 10-yard split. He had a 32-inch vertical.
Here’s some 2013 tape vs New Mexico State: