Vrentas: Jets looking to return to ground-and-pound roots under Tony Sparano
Originally Posted by WestCoastOffensive
Thanks for the reply, CM
You got me curious about Green
Positives: Stout frame with good overall musculature, but especially in his lower body. Good initial quickness off the snap. Downhill runner who attacks the line of scrimmage. Quick to recognize the hole and takes what the defense gives him. Rare flexibility and use of leverage for a back of his size. Runs with a very low pad level, giving defenders little to hit between his knees and shoulder pads, which is one of the reasons why he bounces off of some many tackles. Very good leg drive to take defenders for extra yardage. Finishes his runs. Falls forward to gain additional yardage to end each attempt. Good vision for the cutback. Surprisingly quick feet to bounce laterally and accelerate into the open field. Stout pass blocker who will provide a pop to the rusher and gives a good effort. At least adequate hands for the reception. Despite his relatively advanced age, should have fresh legs due to only one season as the starter.
Negatives: Lacks the speed to consistently get to the outside or to be a true breakaway threat. Appears to have at soft hands, but lacks experience out of the backfield as a receiver, with only 11 career receptions (for 72 yards). Only one dominant season, so must convince scouts he will be productive over the long term. Might struggle with a complicated playbook. Turns 24 on August 21.
Mayock's top prospects at each position
By Mike Mayock
Published: April 24, 2009 at 01:43 p.m.
Greene, who came out of nowhere, is one of the hottest names in scouting circles. He sat on the sidelines last season with academic issues and was a part-time player his first two years with the program. Greene even moved to defensive back for a short time but has been a dominant force at his natural position. He possesses the size, speed and skill to eventually develop into a feature runner in the NFL.
Smith is a sensational athlete whose game is drawing comparisons to former All-Pro Jonathan Ogden
. He's a terrific pass protector and displays great potential when blocking in motion. Smith has moved into the draft's top-20 selections, as scouts love his productions this season, along with the great upside he possesses.