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2015 NFL Draft: Jaguars should roll the dice on character concerns in Round 2

Dorial Green-Beckham and Randy Gregory are worth taking a risk on with the No. 36 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars shocked the world in 2014 by taking Blake Bortles with the No. 3 pick and ended up surprising some again in 2015 by changing course entirely and making the most predictable pick possible. After months of mock drafts pointing to Dante Fowler Jr. being the man headed to Jacksonville, the Jaguars made it official on Thursday night and found their LEO.

But 29 picks later, there's another LEO with elite athleticism that could be available when the Jaguars go on the clock at pick No. 36. Nebraska's Randy Gregory did not hear his name called in the first 32 picks and now he represents tremendous upside if he's made available when the Jaguars are back on the clock in the second round.

So too does former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who may have a higher ceiling than any other pass catcher in the 2015 NFL Draft class.

Both players are still on the board for a reason, though. Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri last April after multiple drug-related arrests and a domestic violence incident that he wasn't charged for. Gregory has failed drug tests, including one at the NFL Combine, and openly admitted to a history of marijuana use during his time at Nebraska.

There are many risks involved with taking both players, but the upside for both warrants taking a chance. Especially when Gus Bradley has said that he believes the culture in Jacksonville is strong enough to take on a player with off-field issues and help them to grow as people.

"By nature, just me, I'm a guy that likes to give another opportunity," Bradley said at the NFL's Annual Meeting in March. "I think if he's around our guys and he's around our culture, we can help him. It's a little naive. It doesn't always work. It doesn't. Who am I to think we could save somebody? But it's just part of our personality."

In Dave Caldwell's first two seasons as general manager, the Jaguars have avoided potential problem players. And that makes plenty of sense while a new culture was being established. But with that culture now firmly in place, now is the time to test Bradley's theory that introducing a risky player to a strong culture can help them.

After building up the foundation of the roster, what the Jaguars truly lack now are elite players. Players that can be the face of Jaguars football and earn Pro Bowl nods. Caldwell needs to swing for the fences at some point and the second round is a good time to take a shot at some of the most elite talent in the NFL Draft without the consequences of missing with the No. 3 overall selection.