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Dallas Cowboys suffer pre-draft blow after controversial receiver's decision

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The Dallas Cowboys, like all other franchise's in the run up to the impending 2015 NFL Draft, are attempting to do their due diligence on potential recruits amongst this year's class of prospects.

Inviting players to pre-draft visits and workouts at the Cowboys facility is one of the best ways to do this - a visit giving the team a chance to sure up (or cross off) players on their draft board.

When it comes to Dorial Green-Beckham - one of this year's top receivers - there isn't likely to be a team out there willing to stump up a high pick without it due to his controversial past.

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Indeed, despite obvious talent, the number of red flags relating to off-field incidents against his name mean mock drafts have him anywhere from top 15 to second round pick.

As such, his reported decision today to snub a visit offer from the Dallas Cowboys, is either very bold or very stupid depending on your way of thinking. It is though inevitably, a slap in the face for the team themselves.

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As mentioned by the FOX reporter above, the reason behind the former Missouri wideout's decision is yet unknown.

Whilst he has recently visited both the San Francisco 49ers (15th pick) and Cincinnati Bengals (21st), suggesting he may be confident of being selected ahead of the Cowboys at 27, his past misdemeanours mean his name could well slip down the pecking order fast if he fails to convince teams of his value.

Off-field issues

The fact Dorial Green-Beckham remains a potential first round pick, despite not playing a single game in the 2014 season, is perhaps testament to his talent.

The 237-pound, 6-foot-5 receiver spent the entire season on Oklahoma's practice squad having transferred from the University of Missouri in the wake of a burglary and assault investigation.

Although no charges were ever brought against Green-Beckham Missouri dismissed him from their program - likely having grown tired of the disruptions he was causing considering two previous marijuana possession arrests.

Cowboys plans

Green-Beckham's snub of the Dallas Cowboys surely means now that he has no chance of wearing a Dallas jersey in 2015.

Just how serious the Cowboys were on him at the first round though remains unclear. The majority of speculation concerning their plans have so far centered around a need at running back and cornerback rather than wide receiver.

With Dez Bryant's long-term future uncertain though, a back up at the WR spot certainly wouldn't do any harm. It now looks like we can rule out Dorial Green-Beckham for that role.

What do you think Cowboys fans? Have your team just dodged a bullet? And who should Dallas use their first round pick on? Debate the issues in the comments section below...

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