DGB Arrest: Does Marijuana Bust Affect Future NFL Chances?

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 5, 2012

The start to Dorial Green-Beckham's college career at Missouri hasn't gone according to plan.

Green-Beckham, last season's No. 1 overall recruit according to Rivals.com, only caught seven passes for 128 yards in Missouri's first five games. That includes an 80-yard catch and run for a touchdown last week vs. UCF.

Things went from bad to worse this week when the 6'6", 220-pound wide receiver was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, according to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.

Green-Beckham was immediately suspended by Missouri for this weekend's game vs. Vanderbilt.

So what does the arrest do for Green-Beckham's NFL draft status?

It's a long way off, but it's absolutely going to be brought up once Green-Beckham's college days come to a close and he takes the next step in his career.

As long as it doesn't become a trend or one of several instances that brings his character into question, it shouldn't make an impact on his draft status.

Since it occurred so early in his Missouri career, he has the opportunity to stay out of trouble and prove to NFL executives that it isn't a concern before even being asked the question.

Are questions going to be asked?

Absolutely, as they should.

NFL teams to want to make sure the players they draft aren't going to publicly embarrass the organization, just as any company does when it hires people.

As long as Green-Beckham doesn't give them any more character questions to ask, he should be fine.

He isn't the first college football player to get popped for marijuana possession, and unfortunately, he won't be the last.

Learning from your mistakes is important, and Green-Beckham has the chance to prove that over the next three or four years before taking that next step in his football career.