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Exclusive Draft Profile: Shonn Greene

November 22, 2008

Shonn Greene is one of those great prospects who comes around once in a while who’s physical aspects aren’t the best but their stats speak for themselves. Shonn Greene is going to probably go in the second round and because of that we have his draft profile. Enjoy!

Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene

 

Name: Shonn Greene

Position: Running Back

School: Iowa University

Height & Weight: 5-11 / 235

Class: Junior

What I Think: Shonn Greene has been overshadowed by a lot of players in this years class. That said, he is the most consistent Running Back I have ever seen in the NFL Draft.  The Hawkeye junior rushed for over a hundred yards in every game this season, a feat that is pretty impressive for any running back. Greene hasn’t always been a great running back for Iowa. At the beginning of his career he rushed for 378 yards during his first two seasons, scoring 2 touchdown. Therefore his coaching staff moved him to defense at Cornerback where he was also very weak. Greene wasn’t with the team during the 2007 season, but burst back onto the scene this year, even after missing spring practices. In 13 games this season, Greene rushed for 1850 yards — including a 6.0 yards per carry average. It has worried some people though because he almost is the definition of a one year wonder. His 20 rushing touchdowns carried the Hawkeyes to a surprising 9-4 record this season. Greene is a huge tailback at 235 pounds. He is tremendously powerful and rarely goes down on first contact. He didn’t run a 40 time that blew people away, but he has good speed for a back his size. Greene has caught just 11 passes during his collegiate career, so his hands are a little untested. I would not by any means suggest him to a west coast offense because I doubt that he would find much success there. Teams that use an offense that usually does not use the running back in the passing game will really like him on the other hand. Also he might not be a great blocker so putting him with a good Fullback might be best. I like Greene as a first day prospect but there is a chance he might fall if teams decide that they do not want a Running Back on the first day. Greene is very accomplished and ran with 116 yards vs. Ball State, becoming the first true freshman to rush for over 100 yards in a game since Tony Stewart (23-102) vs. Wisconsin in 1987. He was also considered as a dark horse for the Doak Walker Award.

Draft Grade: A-

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