Dorial Green-Beckham Reportedly May Sit out 2014 Season, Enter 2015 NFL Draft

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IMay 27, 2014

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After being dismissed by the Missouri football program in April, Dorial Green-Beckham may sit out the entire 2014 college football season in favor of entering the 2015 NFL draft.

Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reported the news Tuesday:

Chase Goodbread of NFL.com shared his thoughts on the potential move and recounted the issues that led to Green-Beckham's dismissal:

For a player with more years of college eligibility remaining (two) than productive years as a college player (one), it would be the riskiest of moves. A rash of legal problems have derailed the career of Green-Beckham, who was regarded as the nation's No. 1 wide receiver recruit out of high school in 2012. Two marijuana-related arrests preceded an incident in which Green-Beckham allegedly forced his way into his girlfriend's apartment and pushed another female resident down a stairwell.

If Green-Beckham does decide to sit out the 2014 season, he would finish his college career with just 87 receptions for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns. While he did put together a big 2013 season with 883 yards and 12 touchdowns, one season might not be enough to convince scouts to take a risk on him in the draft.

The former Mizzou receiver spoke about his struggles to stay on the field, per Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

First and most importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes. Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern.

I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football.

It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying.

While Goodbread doesn't believe sitting out will be the best option for DGB, David C. Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune has other thoughts:

Meanwhile, Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead still sees the wideout as the top receiver in next year's draft if he enters:

While Green-Beckham has clearly made his fair share of mistakes, the 6'6", 225-pound receiver is viewed as one of the best players in the 2015 class. If he does skip the entire year, the former Mizzou wideout might still get a chance with an NFL franchise hoping to turn his career around.

Of course, it will be interesting to see how Green-Beckham handles himself if he does sit out. He will need to remain dedicated to staying in top physical shape as well as avoid further mistakes off the field.

After a mostly unsuccessful college tenure with the Tigers, the former No. 1 overall player in the 2014 247Sports composite rankings still has the talent to play in the NFL. As for which team might take that flier to see if he can still produce, that will be determined when the upcoming draft rolls around if he decides to enter it.

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