A finesse blocker in the run game. Takes a good first step off the football, gets into blocks well, can extend his arms and initially get good hand placement. Does a better job when asked to seal defenders from the play. However, isn't real heavy handed and lacks ideal power in his lower half to pump his legs and drive defenders off the football. Struggles to stick to defenders through the play and once they gain a step he lacks the upper body strength to hold off his man with much success.
Impression: An above-average linear route runner with good size who takes a positive step off the ball. Isn't a real gifted route runner, doesn't have much pop/strength as a blocker and looks like a fringe roster guy to me."
Positives: Three-year starter is an excellent downfield receiver with natural hands and top ball skills. Fast and elusive, good acceleration and change of direction. Excellent body control, can configure physique to get hands on off-target throws and reel them in. Runs good routes. Snatches ball with hands away from body. Can break tackles downfield and get YAC. Athletic enough for consideration as a wideout. Decent blocker when using proper technique. Durable and productive.
Negatives: Not always an aggressive blocker. Lacks sand in his pants and doesn't block with a lot of power. Doesn't finish blocks. Too often content with just one block attempt and fails to initiate another. Blocking technique is inconsistent across the board. More wideout than tight end at the next level. Could be pigeonholed into "just an H-Back" category."
Green is raw, but has elite athleticism.
Green has started for Nevada since his sophomore season. He came in and made an impact almost immediately and was a big time favorite of Colin Kaepernick.
Green’s athleticism stands out big time, and that’s a great thing for him and the NFL. Teams are coveting tight ends that can run after the catch more and more with guys like Vernon Davis, Kellen Winslow, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, etc. Green can make plays in open space, and has soft and strong hands. He is a legit red zone target who can make all of the tough catches. He is physical in the middle of the field and has a mean streak to him when it comes to blocking in space.
Green is quite raw in terms of overall receiving ability. He’ll need to work on running crisp routes. Right now he tends to round them off and doesn’t break in and out of his cuts very well. When he’s blocking in tight spaces he tends to struggle and get pushed back. Green doesn’t get a good push in the run game, he’s much better in space when blocking. He’s more of a project right now but could really turn into a stud if groomed properly.
Green’s value lies around the late third to early fourth round, and potentially higher if teams value his athleticism enough. Look for San Diego to grab him as a backup to groom behind aging Antonio Gates, who they missed for a few weeks with a few foot injuries. Atlanta, Carolina, Arizona and Houston could also take a look at him in the fourth round.
NFL Comparison: Ben Watson "
Positive: Athletic pass-catching tight end with a large upside. Quick off the snap, nicely adjusts to the errant throw and consistently extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Moves well laterally, uses his frame to shield away opponents and looks the pass in. Bends his knees and gives effort blocking.
Negative: Shows minimal quickness and does not play to his timed speed. Not a big-bodied tight end and displays marginal strength blocking.
Analysis: Green is a solid prospect and a good athlete who should develop over time. He has the underlying skills to be effective as a second tight end."
Negatives: A bit raw as a route runner... Has a tendency to be bumped off his routes... A bit choppy in and out of cuts... Struggles to create separation... Inconsistent concentration... Not an in-line blocker... Not very strong... Doesn't generate much power... Can be pushed back and can be driven off the ball... Will lean and lunge to make contact on the outside edge... Played in Nevada's pistol offense... Will be an NFL project that will take a few seasons to fully develop."
Strengths: Excellent strength and conditioning - played in 49 games in his college career. Great speed and target as receiver - will win most LB match-ups. Runs well after the catch with good balance. Very good hands with ability to make tough catches. Agile and mobile - able to get quickly to second level and get the block. Experienced special teams player.
Weaknesses: Size may be an issue for a run-oriented attack, however, he has the frame to add mass. Blocks straight-ahead adequately, but needs to demonstrate ability against elite ends to move-up in the draft.
Projection: 5th round."
Green opened up his senior campaign by catching seven passes for 144 yards and two scores against Eastern Washington. However, his numbers have become more reasonable since the season opener and through eight games he has just reached the end zone one more time.
Green is one of the more athletic tight ends in this class. He is relatively quick and surprisingly nimble. That helps in both pass catching and blocking and Green can do both relatively well. Green will not be one of the top tight ends in this class, but he is a decent player with some potential. He will need to work his way up the draft boards throughout the rest of the season and during senior week if he hopes to be more than a late round selection."
He works hard, competes hard and is well-respected for his approach off the field. However, he must learn to better apply his talents to the game, as he is still raw as a route runner, has limitations as a blocker and must show a better feel for the game to make an impact in the NFL."
Virgil Green offers excellent Speed, but not much else: He doesn't have much Launch Speed off the Line, despite a great Vertical at the Combine, and he's a bad Navigator.
As a Blocker, he's considerably worse.
Wing Back is certainly out, and even as a Wing End ~ my term for a Tight End who line ups all over the Line, but spends most of his time running routes ~ he strikes me as a long shot. Now, if a team is willing AND able, he seems to have enough raw athletic skills to make something out of himself. But his sloppy Navigation discourages me from thinking he will. I'd grade him as a Late Round Project type, but his work at The Combine has inflated his Stock Price WAY beyond his worth, in my view.
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