By Amol Nadkarni
Don’t look now but the Tennessee Titans are slowly but surely building a dynamic young offense in the AFC South. With QB Marcus Mariota behind center and the dynamic duo at running back in RB DeMarco Murray and RB Derrick Henry, the Titans offense could make some noise in 2016. Of all the young stars on offense that the Titans have, one has the potential to really break out next season. Second-year WR Dorial Green-Beckham has all the makings to be a “stud” in the NFL and according to Mariota, he is just that. For starters, Green-Beckham is a physical freak at 6’ 6’’ and 237 lbs. and a 32 ½ wingspan. Coupled with his measureables is the fact that he has great speed, running a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine. Right now a lot of his game relies on his elite physical abilities but with good coaching he could become a star.
The only thing stopping Green-Beckham from achieving greatness is himself. He has had his fair share of off-the-field issues having been dismissed from both the University of Missouri and University of Oklahoma football programs. However if he can put that behind him, he has all the physical tools to be an absolute force. In his limited playing time last season, he caught 32 passes for 532 yards and 4 touchdowns, showing glimpses of being a future star at the position.
It’s not the physical side of the game that he has a problem with. He has shown his competitiveness in his short NFL career, catching touchdown passes against two of the top corners in the league in CB Joe Haden and CB Vontae Davis. It is his consistency, which is more of the mental side of the game, which he needs to improve on. This offseason, Green-Beckham has been working hard to perfect this side of the game. If he can couple a new sense of focus with his supreme athletic abilities, the sky is the limit for Green-Beckham. I expect he will make that huge leap and emerge as a viable fantasy option this season, being that he has a year under his belt in the league and now knows what it takes to prepare like a pro in the NFL.
He likely won’t get drafted (or will be drafted very late), but he is someone to try to grab on waivers after a week or so. The Titan’s run heavy offense will need a big target to throw do to keep defenses honest. Green-Beckham is primed to be that guy and if he can iron out the metal flaws, I don’t see why he could not a be at the very least a reliable WR3/Flex option going forward.