Photo of Khaseem Greene
Drafted By: Bears

Combine Results

Grade
78.8 ?
  • 4.71 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.87 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Bears here go with a need. It wouldn't surprise me if they look at him inside." -- Charles Davis

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 241LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Greene and Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham don’t share a last name and didn’t grow up in the same house, but the half-brothers (their father, Raymond Graham, played football at Purdue) are still close. Greene was born 17 months earlier than Graham, and scouts are sure to be highly interested in both.


The Elizabeth, N.J. product played one season at a prep school following his high school career, then sat out the 2008 season as a redshirt. Greene played all 13 games at safety the next season, starting one and making 33 tackles (including two sacks) and intercepting two passes. He earned the full-time starting free safety job as a sophomore, racking up 77 stops, 2.5 for loss, and picking off two more passes and forcing four fumbles. A move to linebacker during the spring of 2011 proved fruitful for Greene in 2011, as he was named the Big East’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference (ranking 12th nationally) with 141 tackles, 14.5 of which were for losses. He was having his typical productive contest in the team’s win over Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl (14 tackles, three for loss, pass breakup) before suffering a broken right ankle with less than five minutes to go. He did not participate in 2012 spring practices while rehabbing the injury. His 2012 season, however, showed no signs of him being slowed down. Greene totaled 136 tackles, 12 of which were for loss, with six sacks. He also managed to break up five passes, record 10 quarterback hurries, and force six fumbles

Analysis

Strengths

Chase linebacker who takes advantage of open lanes to track ballcarriers behind the line or from behind. Consistently goes for the strip or takes a strong punch at the ball if not wrapping up a leg. Maintains the movement skills of a safety in coverage, proving capable of lining up over tight ends and slot receivers and running deep down the middle third when asked. An aware zone defender, watching the quarterback to come off crossers and make a play on the ball. Smells out screens and quick throws when playing outside. His quickness and flexibility make him an effective blitzer, dipping under blockers’ shoulders to get into the backfield.

Weaknesses

Must look healthy this season after recovering from a broken right ankle in the team’s 2011 bowl game. Has a safety build, possessing average height and thinner lower body. Not the strongest or most physical tackler, most likely to dive towards ballcarriers’ feet than bring real impact. Overruns plays and gets lost in trash inside and lacks strength to take on blocks between the tackles. Hustle is hot and cold, will watch plays to opposite sideline instead of trying to get the angle to prevent the big play. Hands for the interception are only adequate, as he does not always make the moderately difficult catch away from his frame.

NFL Comparison

Geno Hayes

Bottom Line

Greene appears to be a prototypical 4-3 weak-side linebacker. He has tremendous speed and athletic ability. One of the most intriguing aspects of Greene's game is how efficient he is as a blocker. He will struggle to work through traffic, and needs to be more physical at the line of scrimmage. While not as refined, Greene shares many similar traits with 2012 second-round pick Lavonte David, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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