It was announced yesterday that Missouri football’s star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham had been suspended indefinitely for unspecified team rule violations. This isn’t the first time the possible future first round NFL draft pick has been in trouble with the law. He was suspended for a game his freshman season for being caught in possession of marijuana, and he had another marijuana-related arrest at the beginning of this offseason. While all of this is troubling, this suspension could actually pay off for Missouri in the long run.
The reason this could pay off for Missouri is that if Green-Beckham misses an extended period of time this season, he may come back to play out his senior season if his draft stock isn’t where he wants it to be. He’s clearly a first-round talent, but his off-the-field conduct has likely dropped him out of that discussion for now. If he’s not given enough time to prove to NFL scouts that he’s worthy of a first round pick, then he may not leave school early after all.
Obviously, if he misses any games past the team’s non-conference schedule, the entire situation is going to be negative even if he comes back for his senior season. However, if his suspension only covers non-conference play, the Tigers should still be able to get out of that unscathed and may incidentally force their star receiver into coming back for another season.
If in fact that did happen, Green-Beckham would be a senior and top pro receiving prospect, and he would have quarterback Maty Mauk, who would be a junior throwing him the football. So while the details are disturbing right now, if this is where DGB’s legal issues end (and that’s a big if), then the Tigers could be set up for a possible title run in two seasons.