Missouri Tigers freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham rolls into his first season of college football on a hype train that's been gaining steam for a couple of years now.
DGB is going to pass the tests ahead of him with flying colors.
So, I was sitting at a restaurant in downtown Columbia, Missouri one afternoon when a group of guys—who all clearly look like athletes—walk in and take a seat a few tables over from me. As I'm surveying the group I notice one individual distinctly.
It's Dorial Green-Beckham.
And at only age 18, his physical presence was almost overpowering. His 6' 6", 220-pound frame seemingly overtook the room as the rest of the patrons clearly knew who had just walked in.
It was the first time I had seen the freshman standout in person since being back at school and from what I have seen without football pads and a helmet, Missouri fans are in for one exciting ride this season.
Let's be clear about one thing here too: We should not be looking at Green-Beckham and expecting him to put up NFL-type numbers in his freshman year. The kid is phenomenally talented but he's only a freshman, in an offense that throws the ball but doesn't live and die by it.
If we take a look here at two other standout SEC pass catchers in their freshman year, we might be able to paint a better picture at what Tiger fans can hope to see this season from DGB.
First, A.J. Green from Georgia in 2008. Like DGB, Green is a tall and slender 6' 4", 207-pound stud.
56 receptions, 963 yards and eight touchdowns
Next, Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina in 2009. Jeffery is a 6' 3", 216-pound monster in the air that made a living going higher than everyone in the red zone at South Carolina.
46 receptions, 763 yards and six touchdowns.
There's no denying the fact that it was Jeffery's sophomore season where he really broke out for over 1,500 yards, but for now, we're just comparing freshman seasons.
Does Dorial Green-Beckham have as a high of a ceiling as an A.J. Green? I think yes.
He possesses the physical tools to blow by a defender, go get a ball at its high point and the strength to shed tacklers. It all really depends on how well him and quarterback James Franklin can gel together as a dynamic offensive duo.
If so, don't be surprised to see Green-Beckham surpass the 1,000-yard mark this season. If not, he'll still be big enough of a player in the offense to put up numbers somewhere between what Green and Jeffery were able to do in their freshman campaigns.
Like I briefly stated earlier, the DGB hype train is rolling. Hop on it before this kid becomes a bonafide college football stud.