Finding Broncos: Scouting Clemson Safety T.J. Green

Another safety, this time from Clemson. This excellent athlete may not be the best football player in the NFL to many, but what does our draft expert think of him?

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.34 SEC

BENCH PRESS (225lbs): 13 REPS




  • Top end speed
  • Was a wide receiver, but moved to safety
  • Can come from way behind to chase down ball carriers to make a tackle
  • Excellent range for a safety
  • Has length, speed and good ball skills
  • Can handle man coverage
  • Fast blitzer
  • Has kickoff return experience


  • Not a sure tackler, had 17 missed or broken tackles last season
  • Only one year as a starter
  • No tackling technique and relies on shoulder hits instead of form tackling
  • Played high safety so much the rest of his coverage is flawed
  • Hesitant
  • Gives away yards from being indecisive
  • Doesn’t posses natural instincts
  • Misses chances to make a play on the ball due to a lack of awareness

Overall Thoughts

T.J. Green is a project with a high ceiling at safety. He brings value as a special teamer his rookie season, but is limited to what he brings on defense. He has top-end speed for a safety, but doesn’t bring much else to the party.

Whomever takes him will need top end coaches for their defensive backs if they want Green to be more than a special teams player. I like his fit with Denver in the late 3rd-late 4th, but with Darian Stewart heading into a contract year, I'm not sure they can afford a pick that high on 2-3 year safety project. Green's best value for Denver is mid day-three, which is the 5th and 6th rounds.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 5th

Where He Goes: Middle of day three

Per sources: Many scouts are low on Green. All he brings to the table is speed. Coaches see this and are low on him as well. There's a chance he goes undrafted, but some team will fall in love with his speed.

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