An interesting prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft is tight end Ladarius Green. The Louisiana-Lafayette product earned his way into the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine with an impressive skill set and solid college production (51 catches, 606 yards, eight touchdowns in 2011). Coming from a small school, Green showed he could take on the higher level of competition.
"I thought I did well for myself. It was a better level of competition. That's why they are there. That's what they do. I felt like I blocked well and ran routes well against the safeties and cornerbacks."
Green showed off his receiving skills with a solid performance at the Senior Bowl. He meshed well with the Redskins' offensive scheme and that helped him to perform well in Mobile. Green got some good advice from the NFL coaches on the field and in the meeting room. He has used that to get a head start on preparing for his rookie season. Coming from Louisiana-Lafayette, Green was eager to hear what the NFL coaches had to suggest about ways he could improve his game.
"For me, they were emphasizing the blocking aspect of it. They were emphasizing staying low and driving. They also emphasized the details in running routes in a precise way against cornerbacks."
Washington had Green executing in their zone-blocking scheme, and that made for a nice transition for him.
"I was used it from college. We ran a zone system in college so it was kind of the same thing."
One goal that Green has is to pack on more weight. The 6-foot-6, 237-pounder has the frame to get stronger, and that should help his blocking in the NFL.
"I want to put on some more weight. I think I can, and that's a goal for me to do."
Green also said he got a lot of feedback from NFL teams on his receiving skills.
"The interview process went well at the Senior Bowl and Combine. I met with a lot of teams and coaches. There were a lot of teams that seemed to be interested in me. It all went well and how I wanted it go. It helped me to get inside some coaches head and what they thought I should do and what they expect from me."
It has been reported that Green would visit Cleveland, Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. He has already started his pre-draft visits.
"I just came back from visiting Tampa, and I'm just waiting to see which team I go to next."
Green wasn't definite that he would end up going to the Browns, Falcons and Saints.
"More than likely I think so, but I have to wait and see."
Green shared some of his experience while visiting Tampa Bay in the first week of April.
"It went well, they were a class organization and look like they are building a great team. They told me they would want me to put on weight. They said my route-running is pretty good right now, they liked my receiving ability and they want to see if I can put my hand in the ground to block. It went pretty well with the Bucs."
While meeting with Tampa Bay, Green said that he didn't get too in depth as to how they he would fit in the Buccaneers passing or run scheme.
"They didn't get into all that with me, but I believe they run a zone-blocking scheme."
Entering the final few weeks before the 2012 NFL Draft, Green is projected to go in the third or fourth round, but with the demand for receiving tight ends, it wouldn't be surprising if Green is selected earlier than expected on the second day of the draft.
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.