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Courtney Greene (SS)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 212
College: Rutgers
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
High School: New Rochelle
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Selected by: Seattle Seahawks
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 36 (245)
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Pick Analysis: Greene is a player with good range for a safety and he's smart. He did not have as good a year this last season as he had in 2007, but he has a chance to be a valuable backup in Seattle.
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Overview

Greene was a first-team All-Big East pick in 2008 after twice earning second-team All-Big East notice and also Freshman All-American honors. He's been exceptionally durable, starting 51 straight games during his career. A tackling machine, Greene eclipsed 100 stops twice in his first three years as a starter at both the free and strong safety spots. His production dropped a bit this season (87 tackles, one for loss, two INTs), but his blend of size and speed could be enough to make him a top-75 pick.


High School

Spent the 2004 season at Bridgton Academy in Maine ... Was a starter on defense at Bridgton, leading the team in tackles ... Rushed for 1,114 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior in 2003 ... Led New Rochelle to the Class AA state championship ... Earned MVP honors in the title game ... Represented NY in the 2004 NY/NJ Governor's Bowl ... Earned First Team All-Area honors in track and field (long jump) in the spring of 2004 ... Played scholastically with Glen Lee and Ray Rice at New Rochelle ... Born 11/23/86.


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Analysis

Positives: Versatile, has started at free and strong safety. Nice height and solid upper and lower body. ... Closes quickly on run plays from the deep secondary. ... Greets receivers rudely across the middle. ... Aware of down and distance and works hard to prevent long third-down conversions. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes and closes on the ball quickly. ... Can be effective on the blitz, timing his move well, but is not sent in very often. ... Durable leader, plays through injuries.


Negatives: Tends to hit more than tackle, and will drop his head too often in the open field. ... Stays high in his backpedal and footwork is choppy. ... Must work on man coverage technique and improve reaction as receivers chew up his cushion. ... Discipline is an issue, as Greene gets sucked in by play-action and at times fails to get deep. ... Runners freeze him in the open field. ... Does not have great lateral movement, and is best being a hammer when the play is in front of him. ... Needs to prove he can play the ball in the air against taller receivers.


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