Shonn Greene Scouting Report

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Shonn Greene Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: Big10
School: Iowa Hawkeyes
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #23
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 235 lbs.
Drafted 3.1 in 2009 by NYJ

2009 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.63
Bench press19
Vertical jump37.0
Broad jump10'1

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa

Shonn Greene has has been one of the most consistent running backs in the country this season. 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's career started slowly at Iowa, where he rushed for 378 yards during his first two seasons, scoring 2 touchdowns. The coaching staff moved him to defensive back prior to their 2006 bowl game, but he did not see action during that game. 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. 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's not going to run a 40 time that will blow 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. He hasn't been asked to pass block very often in Iowa's scheme, but he has the kind of size and strength that should allow him to pick up blitzing linebackers in the NFL. There are fewer teams than usual that are in desperate need for a running back, which would normally hurt his stock. This year however, there are very few elite running back prospects, which keeps Greene a first day prospect. Another plus in his favor is the low amount of wear and tear on his body. Greene has only been asked to carry the load for his team for one season, meaning his legs are likely fresher than some of the other backs in this year's draft. He should be off the board by the end of the second round, but if Greene runs a blazing 40 time at his workouts he could sneak into the end of the first round. Shonn Greene did not have the week he'd hoped for at the NFL Combine. His 4.63 second 40 yard dash time may have knocked him completely out of second round consideration. Because his hands are untested and he lacks break away speed, he's probably better off as part of a tandem back system with a speedier compliment. Greene could still be selected at the bottom of round two, but is more likely to go in the middle of round three. Shonn Greene had one heck of a Pro Day workout. He lowered his 40 yard dash time to 4.55 seconds, had a 39 inch vertical, and broad jumped 10 feet 6 inches. Greene may have put himself back into late second round consideration with his performance.

Last Updated Apr-17-2009 by Randall Weida

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Prediction: 3rd Round

I'd love to see him in Houston. Would be a pretty great compliment to Slaton, similar to the White/Johnson pair in Tennessee. I don't think he'll drop far enough for Houston to pick him up, but a guy can hope, can't he?

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hfrog355 03/13/09 12:02 PM
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