Meet The Seattle Seahawks Newest Player Courtney Greene (SS)

Published on April 26, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

Rutgers vs. NC StateGreene was a first-team All-Big East pick in 2008 after twice earning second-team All-Big East notice and also Freshman All-American honors. He’s been exceptionally durable, starting 51 straight games during his career. A tackling machine, Greene eclipsed 100 stops twice in his first three years as a starter at both the free and strong safety spots. His production dropped a bit this season (87 tackles, one for loss, two INTs), but his blend of size and speed could be enough to make him a top-75 pick.

High School

Spent the 2004 season at Bridgton Academy in Maine … Was a starter on defense at Bridgton, leading the team in tackles … Rushed for 1,114 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior in 2003 … Led New Rochelle to the Class AA state championship … Earned MVP honors in the title game … Represented NY in the 2004 NY/NJ Governor’s Bowl … Earned First Team All-Area honors in track and field (long jump) in the spring of 2004 … Played scholastically with Glen Lee and Ray Rice at New Rochelle … Born 11/23/86.

Analysis

Positives: Versatile, has started at free and strong safety. Nice height and solid upper and lower body. … Closes quickly on run plays from the deep secondary. … Greets receivers rudely across the middle. … Aware of down and distance and works hard to prevent long third-down conversions. … Reads the quarterback’s eyes and closes on the ball quickly. … Can be effective on the blitz, timing his move well, but is not sent in very often. … Durable leader, plays through injuries.

Negatives: Tends to hit more than tackle, and will drop his head too often in the open field. … Stays high in his backpedal and footwork is choppy. … Must work on man coverage technique and improve reaction as receivers chew up his cushion. … Discipline is an issue, as Greene gets sucked in by play-action and at times fails to get deep. … Runners freeze him in the open field. … Does not have great lateral movement, and is best being a hammer when the play is in front of him. … Needs to prove he can play the ball in the air against taller receivers.

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