Has good, strong hands. Is able to make the catch in traffic with nice ball skills. Has good body control and adjusts to throws well in the flat. Does a nice job working on the short routes in the flat. Shows ability after the catch, showing nice balance and strength to break some tackles. Gets a decent release. Decent blocker for his size, gives effort, and shows potential to get position in space.
Undersized and is very limited as a blocker inline. Lacks pop off the snap and not a guy that can match up with defensive linemen. Misses assignments as a lead blocker. Doesn't have great speed and lacks explosive first step after the catch. Doesn't really work many vertical routes.
Green is an undersized tight end with good hands and a reliable option. The issue with him is how he projects to the NFL. Is a good fit as an H-back, but probably not a factor as an inline blocker. A three-year starter that had his best year as a senior with 35 catches for 515 yards (14.7 avg) and 5 touchdowns.
Green looks like he can be a good role player, but despite having good reliable hands and nice speed, he doesn't really project well as an NFL tight end unless he goes to the ideal scheme. For a team like the Colts, he can be a good fit in the Dallas Clark mold. But for most NFL teams, he's just an H-back. Even if he gets bigger, he's still going to be a below average blocker at best. And while he timed well in the 40 at the Combine, i'm not sure it completely translates to the NFL game. Where he shined at Nevada was working in the flat and getting one on one opportunities against corners, linebackers, and safeties. He can create matchup issues in those one on one situation at the next level, but unless he goes to a team that is going to be a pass-centric offense and will play him in space (like the Colts), then he's just a role player because he'll only be a situational guy. If he works on his blocking, particularly as a lead blocker in the backfield, it might help him add versatility. I think he can be a good No. 2 tight end that can catch 30-40 passes in the right NFL offense. He's more of a third/fourth option in the passing game than someone like Dallas Clark who can be a No. 2 option. Like a Dustin Keller, he can provide some occasional big plays and make an impact, but he's not a guy that is going to be a reliable go-to option in the passing game.
Green can work in Atlanta, but probably not an ideal fit to replace Gonzalez. The Falcons do like to get their tight ends in space, but probably not to the degree where Green's skillset can be maximized. He can produce, but probably projects better as a No. 2 in Atlanta, and the Falcons would have to find an inline tight end to split reps with him since he's basically a liability as a run blocker. But he can be a nice backup as a rookie, and probably give he team 15-20 catches off the bench while getting bigger and stronger and working on his blocking. But he's probably not going to be a guy that is a big part of the passing game for the few two or three years.
Green is a nice mid-round pick. For a team that will use him much like the Colts use Dallas Clark, then he probably merits a late third or fourth round pick. But for any other team that will use him more as a No. 2, he probably projects to the fifth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Body Control: 3.5
Scouting reports of the tight ends in the 2011 Draft.
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