NFL Draft Scouting Report: Rashad Greene

A look at how FSU's career receiving leader projects in the NFL

Florida State’s career leader in almost every receiving category, there is no questioning Rashad Greene’s production. And much of that production came in the most high-pressure moments, dating back to his first touchdown catch against Oklahoma as a freshman. Greene consistently stepped up and made big plays when his team needed them, including the long catch-and-run that set up the go-ahead score in the 2013 BCS National Championship game.

Greene is a small receiver who relies on his acceleration, fluidity, and mastery of his craft to get open, and he already plays like an NFL veteran. He is also very highly regarded off the field and will be a consummate professional. Quiet but passionate and extremely hard-working, Greene will be a locker room asset for his organization from day one.

Production

Greene was Florida State’s leading receiver all four years in college, even with first round pick Kelvin Benjamin on the opposite side in 2012 and 2013. Greene was a model of consistency and could be trusted to be in the right places in Jimbo Fisher’s demanding offense even as a true freshman. He was both a big play threat and a security blanket for E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston.

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2011 9 38 596 15.7 7 3 44 14.7 0 41 640 15.6 7
*2012 14 57 741 13.0 6 4 30 7.5 1 61 771 12.6 7
2013 14 76 1128 14.8 9 1 9 9.0 0 77 1137 14.8 9
*2014 14 99 1365 13.8 7 1 -2 -2.0 0 100 1363 13.6 7
Career 270 3830 14.2 29 9 81 9.0 1 279 3911 14.0 30
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 4/30/2015.

Scouting Report

Strengths

Outstanding route runner with a great feel for the position. Clutch player who consistently came up big in big moments. Winner and fierce competitor. Smooth and fluid player who runs clean routes. Already knows how to vary his speed to create separation at the top of the route. Good against both man and zone. Very good burst and acceleration both out of the break and after the catch. Goes from 0-10 very quickly and is rarely caught from behind. Plays faster than his Combine time (possibly still affected by turf toe from 2014 season). Runs very economically and without effort, head does not bounce when at full gallop.

Reliable target on timing routes. Crafty and showed in 2014 he has learned how to use his body to create space on vertical routes. Naturally runs through the football and catches without losing speed. Played through injuries as a freshman (ankle) and senior (turf toe) with little noticeable drop off. Very smart and mature person and player. Showed improved lower body strength in 2014 and broke tackles after the catch. Despite size, shows the quickness to get off the LOS against press coverage. Played in pro-style offense and can step right into NFL route tree and rules. Willing and able receiver between the hashes. Versatile and had success lined up all over the field. Has a knack for avoiding big hits.

Weaknesses

Diminutive player who plays small. Average blocker. Not a threat on jump balls and does not naturally pluck at the high point. Limited as a vertical threat. Below average hand size and had too many drops. Better acceleration than top-end speed. Struggled against physical coverage downfield (most notable vs. Florida in both 2013 and 2014), though NFL rules will help him in that regard. Lacks wiggle for a smaller WR and is more of a slider. Small frame lacks much room to gain size. Could get beat up over the middle in the NFL given his size. Needs to better use his body to shield defenders from the ball.

Combine/Pro Day Results

Combine Results

Ht

Wt

Arm

Hd

40y

10y

Bench

Vert

Broad

SS

3Cone

5’11

182

31 5/8

9

4.53

1.53

36.5

122”

4.12

6.88

These numbers largely confirm what was already on the tape. Greene is a smallish receiver with excellent burst and initial explosion and good but not elite speed. Here is how his numbers measure up to typical NFL receiver prospects:

The above-average short shuttle and 10 yard times confirm his excellent acceleration and elusiveness, and the vertical shows good explosiveness.

Had a good but not great showing in position drills at pro day and dropped a few he should have caught. Film is better than his performance in drills.

Overall

Greene is a player who will almost certainly outperform his draft position, as the draft process is less kind to smaller receivers without world-class speed. The real question in terms of value is whether he will be limited to a slot role or whether he will be able to handle the outside. I wouldn’t bet against him and would not be surprised if he wound up one of the three or four most productive receivers in this draft class long-term, and he’s one of the draft’s safest bets to be a productive contributor.

Grade: 5.97(Future starter)

Floor/Ceiling

In terms of ceiling, Greene could become a top WR2 with big-play potential in a high-powered offense.

In terms of floor, Greene winds up as a decent slot wide receiver for a few years and a reliable target over the middle and on option routes.

Compares To

Somewhere between Marvin Harrison and Antwaan Randall-El

Draft Prediction

Potential Range: Third-fourth round

Greene will most likely be off the board in the early to mid third round—right around the area teams start to take highly productive college players with one or two physical characteristics that keep them from being a higher pick.

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