Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is having ongoing discussions with the NFL about how the league’s new personal conduct policy could impact him and has yet to officially declare for the NFL draft, according to a source close to him.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, Sooners coach Bob Stoops told reporters that Green-Beckham had informed him a week ago that he was entering the NFL draft. But the source said Stoops may not be aware that Green-Beckham is having the ongoing talks with the NFL.
The source said Green-Beckham told Stoops he wants to enter the NFL draft and still expects Green-Beckham will do so by the Jan. 15 deadline. Green-Beckham is draft-eligible after he transferred to Oklahoma this past summer and sat out this season following his dismissal from Missouri in April.
The dismissal came after an investigation into a burglary in which he allegedly forced his way into an apartment and pushed an 18-year-old woman down a flight of stairs. (She decided not to pursue charges.) During his two years at Missouri, he made 87 catches for 1,278 yards with 17 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior redshirted this past season at Oklahoma. He was involved in two marijuana-related incidents at Missouri, one of which ended with him pleading guilty to trespassing.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has come under heavy criticism following the Ray Rice case and has tweaked the league’s personal conduct policy to include harsher punishments for domestic violence. NFL team officials who have spoken with SI.com have mixed opinions about Green-Beckham’s draft stock: Some see him as potential late first-round pick, while others said their team won’t draft him.
“He jumps off the tape,” a team official said. “He’s got talent. He’s a big, tall guy who can run and catch in traffic. Half the league will take him off the board, and the other half will figure out the risk-reward.”