2015 NFL Draft Profile: Rashad Greene, WR Florida State


 Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene is a versatile pass catcher that can play from multiple positions including the outside and the slot.  He is a strong route runner with reliable hands that always seems to give a great effort on every play.  He also shows some great intelligence to know where the sidelines are, adjust to catches on the fly, and create separation.

One of the major knocks on Greene is his small frame.  He could get pushed around by bigger and more physical defensive backs at the NFL level and can disappear in coverage because of his smaller catch radius.  Using his hands to catch the ball is one thing that needs to happen more often, as he tends to catch the ball with his body more often than his hands.

I’m not sure how Rashad Greene is going to succeed in the NFL.  He’s going to need a team with a distinct plan for him.  He lacks the height and jump ball ability to play outside.  He doesn’t seem to have the ability to get separation against physical defenders if playing from the slot.  However, he does have some skills that will translate well to some systems, but will not be a good fit for many others.

January 1, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) against the Oregon Ducks in the 2015 Rose Bowl college football game at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 182 pounds
  • Arm Length: 31 5/8″
  • Hand Size: 9″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.53 seconds
  • Bench Press: N/A
  • Vertical Jump: 36.5″
  • Broad Jump: 122.0″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.88 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.12 seconds

Draft Projection

Rashad Greene is the #63 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is their #11 wide receiver available.  He is projected to be a second round draft pick.

NFL Player Comparison

  • NFL.com: Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
  • CBSSports.com: N/A

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota could look to the draft to add competition at the wide receiver position or even look for a potential starter opposite Mike Wallace if they don’t feel Charles Johnson or Cordarrelle Patterson were ready for that responsibility.

My Take

Fans of these profiles know that I don’t see wide receiver to be as big of a need for the Vikings as many others are making it out to be.  Personally, I’d avoid a wide receiver unless there was an immense value represented when Minnesota selected.  Because of that, I wouldn’t like to see a pick used that early on a pass catcher, especially one with the flaws that Rashad Greene has.

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