Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) cannot make a catch while defended by Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Tyler Patmon (26) in the second quarter at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dorial Green-Beckham looking to sit out, declare for 2015 NFL Draft?

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Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri Tigers program in mid-April after being accused of pushing a woman down the stairs, and it was just the latest incident among several involving the troubled star wideout. Green-Beckham also had two arrests relating to marijuana usage prior to that incident, which was the last straw for Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel. There’s no denying DGB’s talents, but the red flags will crush his draft stock.

Interestingly enough, CBS Sports’s Jeremy Fowler reports that sources close to the Eastern Illinois Panthers, which were reportedly the landing spot for Green-Beckham in a late-April transfer, “have been led to believe” that the wideout is “leaning toward” sitting out the 2014 college football season and declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft. A year of good behavior and production with the former team of Jimmy Garoppolo and Erik Lora would help Green-Beckham, but the threat of injury and other worries could be deterrents. Hopefully he can get his head on straight and back on track, because he has a world of talent and could be a big star in the NFL.

Fowler reports that “as of earlier this month”, the Tigers haven’t officially cut ties with DGB, but that has to be a mere formality at this point. His time with the Tigers is done, and now he needs to weigh the pros and cons of upping his draft stock by playing FCS ball at Eastern Illinois or spending time away from the game and “rehabilitating” mentally. With the right approach, either choice could prove to be beneficial.

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