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Dorial Green-Beckham Gives Missouri Tigers Red Zone Target They Needed

T.J. Moe is a fine receiver. James Franklin is a dynamic two way threat at quarterback. Henry Josey was leading the Big 12 in rushing yards when he was lost for the season. It's clear that Missouri already had plenty of offensive talent on board and that doesn't need to get lost in the shuffle surrounding Dorial Green-Beckham. But it's also clear that Missouri was at its best in Gary Pinkel's offense when they landed an impact receiver who can be the red zone target for a guy like Franklin. Now they have him.

DGB's announcement today that he would choose Missouri over Arkansas and Oklahoma was a major coup for Pinkel and signified that Missouri can compete with SEC powers for some of the top recruits in the region. But on the field, it will pay dividends as well, as Missouri has never replaced former receivers like Jeremy Maclin and now must deal with the loss of another great tight end in Michael Egnew. David Ubben of ESPN writes:

On the field, Green-Beckham offers the Tigers exactly what they needed. The past two seasons, Mizzou's remained productive without a big-play receiver that ranked among the league's most physically gifted. That changes now. When the Tigers' offense had gamebreakers like Jeremy Maclin and Danario Alexander, it was at its best. DGB's arrival could signify a move back to those days.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver should replace departed tight end Michael Egnew's presence in the red zone, too. DGB has a great ability to catch balls at the highest point, and it's hard to imagine the physically-imposing target not becoming a reliable option there.

DGB was a record-setter in high school and the only limitations to his on-field ability there was the amount of time in a game. As long as he was on the field, he was moving the chains for Hillcrest, so Missouri has to look forward to the same. While the level of competition will increase, DGB himself is a specimen who is only getting started.