Green has body control that allows him to leap, torque, and reach both high and low for poorly thrown balls, making him the type of red zone option, at his height, where an NFL QB can just throw it up to him.
The Pensacola product took advantage of not being buried on a SEC team's depth chart, playing in 12 games as a true freshman (22 receptions, 268 yards, five touchdowns). Sun Belt coaches gave him second-team all-conference honors in 2009 despite his missing three games due to a neck injury (32-533-2). They bumped him to the top squad in 2010 after leading his team in receiving (44?794-7) while again missing two contests because of a sprained ankle.
Not many tight end average 18 yards a catch, as Green did in 2010. He does play in a non-BCS conference, but major programs like Georgia (4-87-1) last year, as well as LSU (6-64) and Nebraska (5-68) in 2009, found out he can make plays against defense. Scouts will likely give him similar grades to last year's top Sun Belt athletic-but-slender tight end, Florida Atlantic's Rob Housler (selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by Arizona).
Release: Very quick, fluid release considering his tall frame, both from two and three-point stances. Able to shake off press coverage before getting into route, though he'll need to prove he has strong enough hands to shed NFL defenders.
Hands: Strong hands to snatch passes from the air whether extending for high throws, reaching for wide ones, or keeping hands away from his body while facing the quarterback. Holds onto receptions with defenders draped on him. Occasional drops come when trying to run before securing the pass.
Route Running: Combines length and relatively quick feet for his size to be effective whether running short option routes or stretching the field vertically. Reliable jump-ball target, creates separation by extending arm, owns strong hands, vertical, and height to make a play.
After the Catch: Tough to catch once in the open field due to good speed and long strides. Smaller defenders bounce off him, yet he can freeze safeties with a quick shake to get past them. Holds the ball low when running in the open field.
Blocking: A work in progress as a blocker, though effort is there. Capable of anchoring against linebackers on the edge, flashes the ability to seal the edge. Usually gets to linebackers at the second level and extends his long arms to knock them from the play. Tall, lanky build causes him to miss quicker or get ripped off by strong defenders at times.
Intangibles: Growing prospects with solid work habits. No known character issues. Missed three games in 2009 with neck injury, two games in 2010 with sprained ankle."
Seems to roll his hips into contact, unbuckle at the waist and doesn't generate much "pop" or explosion into contact. Is a long armed kid who has good initial quickness when trying to get around blocks and seal.
However, he struggles with leverage and will drop his head down into contact, bend at the waist and lose balance easily causing him to fall off blocks. Does a better job as an H-back when asked to pull from the weak side.
Is a solid move guy who takes solid angles into contact and can seal, but lacks the type of power to create a "pop" and move defenders off the ball. Has the most potential lined-up in the slot where he can use his big frame to get into and seal corners from the action.
Showcases surprisingly good initial quickness for a big man when coiled up into his stance on the line. Exhibits the ability to work the jab to create some space when trying to beat a bump, keeps pad level down and has a burst to his game vertically down the field. Is at his best when running down the seam and tracking the football.
Runs well for his size, looks like a mid 4.6 type player who can eat up the cushion quickly and use his length to go get the football. Is very coordinated when asked to attack the throw at its highest point.
Extends his arms well, is a natural plucker who can adjust and routinely come down with the catch. Is a consistent red zone threat because of it.
However, is still developing as a route runner. Doesn't do a great job changing directions. Runs upright and struggles to maintain balance out of his breaks. Routinely is forced to gear down and chop his feet on shapely breaking routes and doesn't generate a burst out of his breaks causing him to struggle to separate underneath.
Is at his best just working the shallow crossers, but doesn't look sudden enough to separate vs. man. Uses his body well to get in between the ball and defender and likes to be physical down the field, get into defenders and use his length to subtly create space.
However, looks more like a linear athlete only who is going to be limited in the routes he can run at the next level.
Impression: He's a big slot guy who can make plays down the seam and can release off the line. However, he's not an in-line blocker and doesn't play well in tight areas vs. man. He has tools to be productive in the pass game, but there are limitations and you need to be creative to get the most out of him."
Weaknesses: Green struggles as an in-line blocker. He pops straight up on the snap and lacks to strength to move defenders. His route running leaves a bit to be desired as he’s leggy and doesn’t change directions well. He can’t get in and out of breaks well or with any burst because he’s so linear. A slow twitched athlete with long speed and no burst.
Bottom Line: Green has some upside as a Joker/move TE in the NFL who can play in the vertical game on the seam. His in-line blocking is a liability and will require teams to create around him. He could be a major weapon in the redzone and in specific packages but needs some solid coaching and work on blocking.
Draft Projection: 3."
However, he possesses the soft hands, athletic ability and body control to contribute in the receiving game.
Not sudden off the line and has build-up speed — many catches are contested — but makes some superb in-air adjustments.
Durability concerns could affect his draft standing."
Being physical at the line of scrimmage is where Green is lacking. Louisiana Lafayette likes to line Green up off the line in a two-point stance. When he's close to the box, good jamming defenders can hold Green up at the line.
Games Viewed: Georgia, Florida Atlantic
Bold Statement: Green compares favorably to Jared Cook of the Tennessee Titans and could get drafted higher.
• Green is at his best when split out wide off the line of scrimmage. Because of that, it's a hard to gauge how he'll do in a pro-style system.
• An exceptional athlete, Green should test out really well in the offseason.
• Routinely makes spectacular catches all over the field. Shows good agility and body control to adjust to bad passes.
• Has good but maybe not elite speed for a tight end. Still, Green is dangerous after the catch. He's strong enough to break tackles by defensive backs but elusive enough to avoid linebackers.
• Is built much more like a big wide receiver rather than a tight end. At his size, it's hard to see Green making much impact on the run game.
• Needs to start running crisper routes and take advantage of his ability to fool defender with his athleticism.
• Struggles some getting off the line of scrimmage, both because of his somewhat lacking strength and because of technical flaws.
• Has a frame that looks like it can get much bigger.
• A little behind as a blocker, which will hold his stock down some.
• Has had some injuries in his past. Sat out two games last season with a sprained ankle and three games in 2009 with a neck injury.
• Coaches have said Green is a respectful person who puts in a good effort off the field."
Mismatch problem who is too athletic for most LBs and safeties and too big for most corners; long, lean receiver with long arms and good leaping ability is actually more of a tall WR than traditional TE; has soft hands and runs solid routes; lacks track speed, but is a smooth strider with an extra gear when the ball is in the air;
Also a better than average runner after the catch; gives an effort, but doesn’t have the bend or the bulk to get much push when blocking; also has had some durability issues as he missed 2 games in 2010 with an ankle injury and three more the previous year with a neck issue; down the road it will be interesting to see whether he ends up playing a more traditional WR or H-back role or is asked to bulk up and become a more two-way TE."