Scout's Notebook: LB Chad Greenway

After his rookie season was wiped out by a knee injury, linebacker Chad Greenway appears set to return with a flash in his first full season as the team's starter at weakside linebacker. Here's a full scouting report ...

#52, Chad Greenway, WLB
(6024, 242, 4.54-4.72) Iowa

Notes:  Born 1/12/83 in Mount Vernon, SD.  Three-time South Dakota nine-man football all-state performer; earned MVP honors and was team captain as a sophomore, junior, and senior.  Played quarterback, free safety and returned punts and kickoffs, helping prep team win two consecutive state titles as a junior and senior.  Career totals include 364 rushing attempts for 3,118 yards; completed 171-290 passes for 2,572 yards.  Recorded 407 tackles and 23 interceptions on defense.  Also lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field (49-foot triple-jumper).  Comes from a good, solid, hard-working family.  Grew up on a farm with 4,000 hogs and 100 cattle.

College:  Despite prep career, was not heavily recruited, with Iowa being the only Division I school offering him a scholarship.  Redshirted as a true freshman in 2001.  Suffered a right torn ACL in spring practice in 2002 and underwent surgery; came back to record 15 tackles and 1 pass breakup late that season.  Started every game in 2003, with 132 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks, 6 PBU, 1 blocked kick and 1 forced fumble.  Posted 113 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 INT (54 yards, 1 TD), 5 PBU, 1 BLK, 1FF in 2004.  Had 156 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks, 1INT (16 yards), and 8 PBU in 2005.  Team captain as junior and senior.  Graduated with a degree in communication studies.  Got married this past offseason.

Vital Statistics:  Measured 6024 (6’-2 ½”), 242 at the combine.  Only ran a 4.78 forty there but reportedly wore different shoes during his on-campus workout later and ran 4.54-4.62 on the same surface.  Did 19 reps at 225 pounds, posted a 1.61 10-yard dash, 2.75 20-yard dash, 39-inch vertical jump, 10’-0” broad jump, 4.22 short shuttle, 11.40 long shuttle, 7.00 three-cone drill.

Pro:  First-round draft choice (No. 17 overall) by Vikings in 2006.  Suffered a torn ACL knee injury in the team’s preseason opener against Oakland and missed his entire rookie season on injured reserve.  Has come back strong and stepped into the starting weakside linebacker spot since OTAs heading into the 2007 season.

Positives:  Sound character, intelligence and competitiveness.  Goes hard all the time on every single play.  A near prototype athlete for the weakside linebacker position in the Cover-2 defense with his all-over-the-field range and open-field athleticism.  Has quick feet, agility, acceleration and an explosive burst and closing speed.  Very active with sideline-to-sideline pursuit and the ability to drop deep into pass coverage.  Can step out and line up over the slot receiver and run with backs in coverage or run with tight ends down the seam.  Good awareness and instincts and makes plays on the ball.  Moves around like a big, mobile safety on pass defense.  Generally a very reliable open-field tackler.  Can blitz off the edge effectively.  Excellent special-teams player.

Negatives:  Will overpursue at times and tends to make too many diving-type tackle attempts.  Still needs some work in the weightroom and is inconsistent taking on blockers at the point of attack, often preferring to avoid them.  Isn’t a face-up, physical, knockout hitter.

Summary:  Appears ready to make an impact this season with the versatility to make plays in all areas of the game.  He is an ideal fit for the scheme and it’s just a matter of how good he will be as long as he remains healthy.

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