Brett Greenwood, FS, Iowa

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Brett Greenwood, FS, Iowa

Postby Pudge » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:37 pm

Iowa Senior
40: 4.67


A smart, disciplined defender that is rarely caught out of position. Works deep centerfield responsibilities well and does a good job keeping things in front of him. When in position, can read the QB, and make a play showing decent ball skills. Willing in run support and will wrap up and drag down ballcarrier.


Despite his ball skills, lacks the speed, range, and burst to be in position to make a play. Doesn't always take the best angle when coming up to defend the run on the edge. Is an undersized tackler that will struggle bringing down NFL-caliber runners and collegiate receivers will bounce off his hits when he tries to deliver them along the sideline.


Greenwood is a smart defender with ball skills, but just lacks the size, speed, and burst to take full advantage of those smarts and skills. But he should find a place at the next level, because teams are always looking for smart, heady free safeties and he should be fine playing special teams. A fixture in Iowa's secondary and a leader, he logged 45 career starts at free safety over four seasons in that role. He combined for 207 tackles, 2 for loss, 12 INTs, and 21 PBUs during his career.


When he's in position, he'll make a play. He just has a hard time getting in position because of his athletic limitations. But Greenwood should make a nice backup FS in a Cover-2 heavy scheme and should be able to stick long-term in the pros if he can produce on special teams, which I have little doubt he will. He's not a playmaker, but he's the type of safety that teams will trust because he won't make the mistakes. I think because of that, there is a chance that down the road in a pure Cover-2 scheme, he might be an acceptable stopgap starter. But he lacks the range and size that most teams want in their free safety and eventually he should be upgraded. But he's the type of guy that after his rookie contract manages to stick around the league as a journeyman because teams know he's smart enough to start in a pinch and can stop the bleeding if need be.


Greenwood can add depth in Atlanta at free safety. He's probably not as physical or rangy as Schillinger is at that position, but his intelligence and discipline is good enough that he can land the No. 4 safety spot with a strong summer. Ideally however, he'll spend a year on the practice squad rather than be own a roster spot. Long-term he'll be a valuable backup at free safety and decent injury fill-in if need be down the road. But he's a career backup that would be limited if he was ever asked to start for extended periods of time in Atlanta.


Greenwood is good enough to get drafted because you know he can understand an NFL scheme, make calls, and perform on special teams. But his athletic limitations mean that he shouldn't go before the sixth or seventh round.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.0
Tackling: 2.0
Coverage: 2.5
Ball Skills: 4.0
Range: 2.5
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