2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Rashad Greene

Career Recap: Since his first day on campus, Greene has been a leader for the Florida State offense. While still a freshman in 2011, he was the Seminoles leading receiver as he registered 38 catches for 596 yards and seven touchdowns. With E.J. Manuel at quarterback the next year, Greene caught 57 passes for 741 yards with six touchdowns.

Greene’s best performance year so far was 2013, in part because he found himself as the favorite receiver for new starter Jameis Winston. Greene totaled 76 receptions for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns for the year. The junior made a ton of clutch catches to maintain possession and move the chains for Florida State. He had a number of big games, including contests against Pittsburgh (8-126-1), Clemson (8-146-2) and N.C. State (8-137-1).

In the National Championship win over Auburn, Greene came up huge for the Seminoles with nine receptions for 147 yards.

2014 Season Outlook: The Seminoles and Jameis Winston could lean on Greene even more in 2015 after losing Kelvin Benjamin to the NFL. Greene has a great relationship with Winston, and the duo should put up some huge numbers in 2014.

Even though Florida State has its typically easy ACC conference schedule, Greene will face some quality defensive back draft prospects. Midway through the season, he could see a tough matchup going against Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell. Talented Virginia safety Anthony Harris could challenge Greene with double-teams if the Cavaliers don’t have Harris covering tight end Nick O’Leary. The best cornerback that Greene could face all season is Florida sophomore Vernon Hargreaves in the regular-season finale.

Skill-Set Summary: While Greene doesn’t have an elite physical skill set, he is a very polished receiver. Greene is an excellent route-runner who uses quickness to gain separation. He isn’t an elite downfield burner, but he has enough speed to get open in the intermediate part of the field.

Greene also has great hands. He is extremely trustworthy for his quarterback. Greene always competes for the ball, and if he doesn’t catch it the pass is probably incomplete. You don’t see him double-catching lots of balls or deflecting passes in the air for interception opportunities. Greene is versatile to line up in different places.

For the NFL, Greene looks like he could be a solid No. 2 receiver. He doesn’t have the mismatch size or speed to be a true No. 1, but if paired with an elite No. 1 receiver, Greene could do a lot of damage. Greene should be able to play outside, especially if he can add some strength, and he also would be a good slot receiver. In three-receiver sets out of the slot, Greene could be a real asset on third-and-manageable situations to move the chains.

2015 NFL Draft Expectations: There is no reason to think that Greene won’t have a big season, and that should solidify his stock as a second-day pick. If the 2015 NFL Draft is a weak class like the 2013 year, Greene could get late first-round consideration similar to DeAndre Hopkins. Greene looks more likely to be a second- or third-rounder because of his lack of size and elite speed.


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