With all the moves in the secondary going on in the offseason for the Seahawks, where will he play, if he does in his first season as a Rookie.
Few players can take as much credit as Courtney Greene for the defensive turnaround at Rutgers. Greene showed up as a freshman in 2005 and led the Scarlet Knights with 116 tackles while starting all 12 games. The following year he picked off a team high four passes and tallied 82 tackles en route to second team All-Big East accolades. As an upperclassman he turned into a leader for the team and tallied over 100 tackles for the second time in his career. He is not on pace to reach the century mark again in 2008, but he is getting close.
At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Greene has the size to be a free safety in the NFL. He has great instincts and always seems to be around the ball, as all those tackles would indicate. To go along with his size and instincts, Greene has the speed to find the ball carrier. His first step is among the best of any safety in college right now and he always seems to cover a ton of ground because of it.
His Stats are as follows:
Greene 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.
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.
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.
He can hit like hell which is what really impresses me, and he appears to track the ball real well in passing and running situations, will this bode well in the NFL?
Only time will tell, but all things point to a solid player who can track, play the pass & run, and hit like he has played in the NFL for years!
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