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Dorial Green-Beckham is worth the risk for the Kansas City Chiefs

Green-Beckham is the ultimate boom or bust pick. The Chiefs should go for broke.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed a productive offseason. General manager John Dorsey provided Alex Smith wide a top-tier receiver in Jeremy Maclin, along with upgrades along the offensive line in Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika. The defense also got a boost with the retaining of Tamba Hali, Mike DeVito and Ron Parker, along with the signing of Tyvon Branch.

Going into the NFL Draft, the only obvious need is center after the Chiefs lost Rodney Hudson to the Oakland Raiders. Should Dorsey acquire Stefen Wisniewski or a center later in the draft, the first-round selection is left to taking the best player available. This is the reason why Kansas City should take Dorial Green-Beckham.

So why take on the potential headache? Because the kid is incredibly talented.

Green-Beckham has his off-the-field issues, which include allegedly pushing a woman down a staircase while in search of his girlfriend, being dismissed from the Missouri Tigers, and getting arrested for possession of marijuana. The 21-year-old has made mistakes, some which are indefensible. Yet, America is the land of second chances, and Andy Reid loves giving them.

With the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid famously gave Michael Vick a life raft after he spent time in prison for dog fighting. Green-Beckham is not a hardened criminal, and appears to know he needed to change, per a piece by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

"All the decisions I made, I wish I could take it back," Green-Beckham said. "It happened, I was young, I made mistakes, I understand that. I just want to focus on one thing, and look forward to just this draft and focus on being the best I can be."

Green-Beckham continued to speak about his problematic past.

"I'm disappointed in myself for the mistakes I made at Missouri. I wish I could have still finished out there. I regret all the mistakes I've done."

So why take on the potential headache? Because the kid is incredibly talented. Green-Beckham, 21, is a specimen at 6'5 and 237 pounds. When you watch tape, he needs to learn concepts and route-running, but his talent is undeniably incredible. If Green-Beckham reaches his potential, he is Randy Moss.

The Chiefs have a terrific roster. Adding Green-Beckham could take the offense from solid to spectacular. Imagine Green-Beckham being a star, and having him opposite Maclin with De'Anthony Thomas in the slot, Jamaal Charles in the backfield and Travis Kelce tight to the line. Right now, teams can slide coverage toward Maclin. If Green-Beckham is a stud, there is no adequate defense to cover everyone.

Taking Green-Beckham, who caught 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Missouri, is a risk. He could be out of football in three years, another Josh Gordon waiting to happen. Or, he could be a Hall of Famer, a la Cris Carter. A young guy who made mistakes, ready to live a better life.

The Chiefs should roll the dice on this kid. If he comes up aces, Green-Beckham could put them over the top.

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