2006 Draft Preview: LB Chad Greenway

Seahawks.NET's Draft coverage continues as our own Scott Eklund continues a series on the outside linebackers available in this year's NFL Draft. In the spotlight today is Iowa's Chad Greenway, a player whose stock fell a bit following the combine, but still figures to go in the middle of the first round regardless.

2. Chad Greenway, LB Iowa 6-3, 242 (4.76)

NFL Comparison: Keith Brooking, Atlanta Falcons

Overview –

Don't let his 40-time fool you, Greenway is a playmaker from sideline-to-sideline. Has excellent instincts, sheds blockers well and is a leader with a tough, old-school attitude. Three-year starter and two-year team captain that has all the tools to be an excellent weakside linebacker at the next level.

Against the run –

Greenway breaks down well and doesn't get lost in traffic. Takes on blockers well and has good rip-technique when shedding blockers. Needs to work on his strength a little, but it never hurt him at the collegiate level. As stated above, his 40-time didn't hinder him from making plays all over the field. His lateral pursuit is incredible and when he gets his hands on a ball-carrier, he goes down. He takes good angles and diagnoses plays well.

Against the pass –

Can get lost in space at times, but shows good instincts in zones reading quarterbacks eyes and the routes backs and tight ends run. Has decent hips to run with backs, but isn't adept at man-to-man coverage downfield. Gets deep on his drops in zone coverage. When blitzing, has a burst to get the quarterback and has a nice spin move. Can use his quick first step to get by pass-blockers, but he needs to develop more moves.

Roster impact on Seattle –

If the Hawks were to obtain Greenway's services it isn't out of the question for him to be used on the strongside while Leroy Hill would man the weakside position. If he wasn't able to crack the starting lineup, he would be a devastating special teams player on kickoffs and punts and a key backup.

Final Analysis –

Greenway's performance at the combine raised a few eyebrows when he posted sub-par speed and strength numbers. His stock has fallen a bit, but personal workouts usually can allay any fears that teams have with a players ability with a good performance. He won't fall out of the top-20 and with a big-time performance in his individual workouts he could move close to the top-10. He would make a lot of teams happy as a weakside playmaking linebacker so expect him to go anywhere from 12 to 18 in the Draft.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.

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