The Ravens’ scrutiny of draft prospects with character issues has included the due diligence of bringing them in for extensive face-to-face meetings.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Washington cornerback Marcus Peters have both visited team headquarters.
And Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory and Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams have both visited the Ravens, according to sources.
Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down a flight of stairs and was dismissed from the Missouri program after breaking into her apartment while looking for his girlfriend. Newsome has previously said that the Ravens, who were criticized for their handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, will avoid players with a history of violence against women.
Peters was kicked off the team after clashing with coaches.. He also skipped team meetings. Gregory admitted testing positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine. And Williams was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
“Everything matters, we scrutinize everything, every piece of information,” Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. “Obviously, if a guy has a positive drug test, we talk about it. We don’t do this in a vacuum. We consider everything and we look at all the different facts of the matter.
“We talk to people. We spent some time with them. Does it affect players? Yes, it affects players when players test positive at the combine. It affects them in a bad way, usually. Again, we don’t treat anybody exactly the same. We consider all the different situations and circumstances and we make a decision.”
Green-Beckham was charged previously with possession of marijuana and resolved one case when the charge was downgraded to misdemeanor trespassing. He transferred to Oklahoma, but wasn’tgranted a hardship waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Sooners and had to sit out this past season.
At 6 feet 5, 237 pounds, he has drawn comparisons to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss. However, Green-Beckham might be a player that teams, including the Ravens, avoid due to his problems and the fact that this is a deep receiver class.
“All the decisions I made, I wish I could take it back,” Green-Beckham said at the combine. “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.”
Peters -- who met with the Ravens at the scouting combine -- is a gifted junior cornerback regarded as a likely first-round pick, but his draft stock has also been complicated by his actions.
In a September game against Eastern Washington, Peters was benched by coach Chris Petersen after he head-butted a wide receiver and drew a personal foul. He then threw his helmet and gloves on the sideline as coaches tried to calm him down and was suspended for a game.
"Everybody wants to know the character," Peters said during the combine. "Am I a hot head? Which is false. I've made some immature decisions. I'll learn from it and grow as a man."
Peters also failed a drug test for marijuana in 2011, was suspended for the first quarter of the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl for violating team rules and was suspended for two series against Stanford last season for being late to meetings.
DeCosta emphasized that the Ravens haven’t removed players from their draft board with a red flag for conduct issues at this stage of the draft process. That will happen in the final days leading up to the draft.
The Ravens have released all three players arrested this offseason, including nose tackle Terrence Cody (felony animal cruelty charges) and running back Bernard Pierce and cornerback Victor Hampton when they were arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
“I would hope that wouldn’t happen again, but we will do anything and everything that we can to make sure the 10 or 11 or six, seven or eight players we bring to Baltimore will hopefully stay out of trouble,” Newsome said. "There is not a guarantee that that's going to happen. It's just impossible for us to guarantee that.
“I would like to think that last year the bar was just as high and [running back] Lorenzo [Taliaferro, misdemeanor destruction of property] got in trouble. We will do our due diligence, and we will do everyting we can, but I still can’t promise you that one of the guys that we draft may not get in trouble.”