Chris Stephens

What's Next For Dorial Green-Beckham?

Apr 19, 2014 5:32 AM EST

Dorial Green-Beckham had it all. He was the No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2012 according to He signed with the home school, the Missouri Tigers. And he was one of the top receivers in the SEC in 2013 with 59 catches for 583 yards and 12 touchdowns.

So, what's the problem?

For all the good things Green-Beckham did on the field, he just couldn't do the same off it. His exploits away from football made Johnny Manziel look like a saint.

Missouri cut the troubled receiver after another run-in surfaced. He had two prior drug-related arrests, one of which happened in January. In the final incident before his removal from the team, he allegedly forced open the door of his girlfriend's apartment and assaulted one of her roommates by throwing her down at least four stairs.

The continued incidents left Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel with no choice but to dismiss Green-Beckham from the team.

Now the question is what's next for DGB? Counseling will make a good first step, but is that really going to change him? How does this affect Missouri? What about Green-Beckham's future on the football field?

Because of his talent, some team will want to pick him up and give him a "second chance."

How This Affects Missouri

For Missouri, while losing DGB does hurt, it's not going to make as big of a difference as one might think. Missouri already was losing a lot of starters from last year's team on both sides of the ball. The Tigers were not going to experience the same kind of success they had in 2013.

Maty Mauck does return after filling in admirably for James Franklin at quarterback last year. But they're also losing wide receiver L'Damian Washington and running back Henry Josey, in addition to a few guys on the offensive line and throughout the defense.

Green-Beckham's loss may take Missouri from a 9-3 team to 7-5. There is no true playmaker on offense anymore and the Tigers won't find it as easy to get into the end zone in 2014.

Add in the fact that the Tigers won't be flying under the radar like they were last year and consider SEC East teams like Georgia, Florida and even Tennessee could have better seasons this fall and this sets up the perfect storm for putting Missouri back in its place.

What's Next For DGB?

Inevitably, the jokes around the SEC will be that there is always a space at Auburn for players kicked off other teams. They'll point to Cam Newton and Nick Marshall as two examples who thrived at Auburn.

Obviously just about every team in the country, with the exception of a few, will be clamoring for DGB's services, assuming they can justify his legal issues. 

First and foremost, before anything happens, Green-Beckham needs discipline. It's obvious through these three incidents that he has none. No matter where he ends up playing, if he doesn't gain discipline, he won't ever do much with his football career.

When it comes back to playing football, Green-Beckham is going to have to make a decision. Will he transfer to a junior college and be immediately eligible to play next year? Will he transfer to a D-I school and sit out next year with two years of remaining eligibility? Or, will he work on himself (and his problems) this year and enter the NFL Draft in 2015?

There are a lot of options for DGB to consider. But there's another consideration that's out of his hands.

Pro Potential

When players have multiple issues off the field, many NFL teams avoid that player like the plague, no matter how good they are. A good example of this is Maurice Clarett. He had all of the talent in the world, but he did stupid stuff off the field that prevented him from realizing his potential in the NFL.

Green-Beckham can still have a great pro career. In fact, assaulting a woman (whether or not she presses charges) seems to get overlooked (i.e. Brandon Marshall and Ray Rice).

DGB's future is in his hands. His best bet is to keep his nose clean. If he doesn't, his earning potential is not going to be as great as if he had stayed out of trouble.