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Late riser at safety

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2016 – 11:42 am

The NFL draftniks call them late risers. The truth is they were probably high on the board for most NFL clubs already and the draftniks are just late to the party. That being said there is one safety in this year’s class who is meriting strong consideration early on day two, who wasn’t getting much publicity.

Clemson S T.J. Green is a defensive back with elite measurables. That alone will have a player in the conversation at the high end of the draft provided he demonstrates either good football instincts or quality production.

Green according to some scouts may not either in plentiful supply at this point in his career, with low production on the ball (1 INT, 4 PBUs in his career) and a knock on him being a step late with play recognition at times according to some NFL talent evaluators. Still, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper says some NFL clubs can’t resist his physical skill set.

“I think Green is getting momentum because he’s an athlete,” said Kiper. “Anytime you have that ability that he does athletically and the range that he does, you talk about the height at safety being a negative. He’s 6’2 1/2″ – 6’3″ and 210 to run the way he did at 4.34 with a vertical at 36″ you’re going to go pretty high. You got all that athletically ability you figure to keep getting better and the improvements to keep coming in the NFL. That’s why he’s in that early to mid second round. I should say late first, but I’m saying more early to mid second.”

Another thing to consider is at 6-2 1/2 he might be viewed as a hybrid safety/linebacker candidate who could make a transition similar to Mark Barron and Deonne Buchanon in the NFL.


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