With the NFL draft around two weeks away, fans and NFL experts alike are making the final touches on their final mock drafts. There are many things to consider when trying to figure out where players will be drafted such as skills, potential, size and more.
One of the biggest considerations to be made when it comes to a player's draft spot is their character. A player’s character is a fairly broad characteristic and can be anything from troubles with the law, to drug problems, to work ethics concerns. Basically anything that takes place “off-field” and is of concern is brought up here.
With the recent incidents surrounding players like Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Josh Gordon, a player’s character is an increasingly important factor that teams look at before they draft them. If a player has proven time and time again that they can’t stay out of trouble or follow direction, why would a team spend millions of dollars to keep them around?
For these players, even having one little blemish on your scouting report in terms of character can cause you to slip on draft boards and potentially miss out on millions of dollars. Especially in today’s day and age with social media and the internet, it makes it that much harder to hide these negatives from teams and the media.
Over the years, we have seen many players slip in the NFL draft due to these concerns, and this year won’t be any different. There are numerous extremely talented players in the 2015 NFL Draft class that are likely to slip down the draft boards because of their character.
Enjoy this list of the Top 15 players with character concerns in the 2015 NFL Draft.
15 15. Michael Dyer
14 14. Mike Davis
13 13. Davaris Daniels
12 12. Ronald Darby
11 11. Tevin McDonald
10 10. Justin Cox
9 9. Josh Shaw
8 8. P.J. Williams
7 7. Paul Dawson
6 6. Karlos Williams
5 5. Jameis Winston
4 4. Randy Gregory
3 3. Frank Clark
2 2. Marcus Peters
1 1. Dorial Green-Beckham
And now we get to the number one player on this list, Dorial Green-Beckham. The former Missouri WR is a scouts dream as his 6'4 frame and physical ability is unmatched in this year’s draft. However, his variety of character concerns makes him the ultimate boom or bust prospect. His character concerns range from maturity concerns, multiple drug related concerns and domestic violence. The domestic violence example is particularly unsettling as Green-Beckham angrily broke into his girlfriend’s home and threw another individual down a set of stairs while trying to go after his girlfriend, according to Sporting News.
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