Tyronne Green is a fifth-year senior from Auburn who was originally recruited as a defensive lineman out of high school, but appeared in zero games his freshman season.
Between his freshman and sophomore years, Green was moved to guard and essentially spent his second season learning his new position. Once he embraced the move, he started the next three seasons at guard, with 38 total starts.
He elected to play in the Senior Bowl despite the fact that he would have to face off against three of the top five defensive tackles — Evander Hood, Ron Brace, and B.J. Raji — who were all on the North squad.
The decision paid off, as the South dominated the North on the the line of scrimmage, rushing for 158 yards en route to a 35-18 victory. A number of those yards were gained between the tackles and Green was a big part of the tremendous performance put on by the South's offensive line.
That performance put him on a lot of scouts' radars, and Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson tells ColtPower.com that Green met with the Indianapolis Colts line coaches, as well as sat down for a formal interview with the team, during the NFL Scouting Combine in January.
Playing in the SEC, he faced a high level of competition, including last year's fifth overall selection Glenn Dorsey and this draft's second-rated tackle Peria Jerry. On top of all that, he faced sixth-ranked defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks in practice every day.
His impressive resume has yet to yield recognition in the eyes of scouts, however, as Green is currently ranked seventh at his position and 197th overall by Scout.com.
That would make him a sixth-round or fringe seventh-round player in this year's draft. Many scouts feel that, even though he was an exceptional player in college, he lacks the power and explosion to succeed at the NFL level.
The Combine numbers seem to back this up, as Green posted a 5.39 second time in the 40-yard dash and put up the 225 pound bench press only 22 times.
Only so much of a player's draft stock is determined by the stopwatch, especially at the guard position, so when scouts, personnel directors, and general managers go to the film, they'll see a player that didn't miss a start in three seasons, plays offense with a defensive player's mentality, and has the measurables at 6-feet-2 and 309 pounds to play at the next level.
They'll also see a player that needs some work on his technique, still isn't a polished pass blocker, and needs to work on his power in the running game.
Howard Mudd can work on his technique and Jon Torine can show him to the way to the weight room, where he needs to add strength in his upper and lower body.
The Colts don't currently have a glaring need at the position and drafted a number of young, talented players in 2008. They can afford to take him in the fifth or sixth round, work on his conditioning, and have him be a valuable contributor along the lines of Charlie Johnson and Steve Justice.
But, in round four or earlier, he has too many holes in his game and Indianapolis has too many holes in their roster for them to pick Green up at that point. With a compensatory selection or their regular pick in the sixth round, much like they did last year with Justice, he makes sense. He'd have significant value at that point and would be a good addition to the team.
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