Photo of Shonn Greene
Grade
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  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.10 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 227LBS. Weight

Overview

Greene returned from a one-year hiatus at Kirkwood Community College and working at a furniture store to finish second in the country in rushing with 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008. After running for a total of 205 yards over his first two seasons in Iowa City, Greene emerged as the country's most consistent runner, rushing for at least 100 yards in all 13 of Iowa's games last year, including a 121-yard, three-touchdown performance against a stout South Carolina defense in the Hawkeyes' 31-10 Outback Bowl victory. Five years removed from high school (he spent one year at Milford Academy after graduation), the 2008 Doak Walker Award winner and consensus All-American decided to leave for the NFL. Had an arm span of 31 3/4 inches and a hand span of 8 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Stout frame with good overall musculature, but especially in his lower body. Good initial quickness off the snap. Downhill runner who attacks the line of scrimmage. Quick to recognize the hole and takes what the defense gives him. Rare flexibility and use of leverage for a back of his size. Runs with a very low pad level, giving defenders little to hit between his knees and shoulder pads, which is one of the reasons why he bounces off of some many tackles. Very good leg drive to take defenders for extra yardage. Finishes his runs. Falls forward to gain additional yardage to end each attempt. Good vision for the cutback. Surprisingly quick feet to bounce laterally and accelerate into the open field. Stout pass blocker who will provide a pop to the rusher and gives a good effort. At least adequate hands for the reception. Despite his relatively advanced age, should have fresh legs due to only one season as the starter. Negatives: Lacks the speed to consistently get to the outside or to be a true breakaway threat. Appears to have soft hands, but lacks experience out of the backfield as a receiver, with only 11 career receptions (for 72 yards). Only one dominant season, so must convince scouts he will be productive over the long term. Might struggle with a complicated playbook. Turns 24 on Aug. 21.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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