Rashad Greene, the record-setting receiver from the Florida States Seminoles, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a college career that was one for the history books. He leaves the program as the record holder in career receptions and receiving yards, and has the second-most career receiving TDs. Greene totaled 270 catches for 3,830 yards and 29 TDs during his four years as a Seminole. He had his best season in 2014, catching 99 passes for 1,365 ards and 7 TDs. In 2013, he totaled 76 catches for 1,128 yards and 9 scores. He ended the 2014 season as an Honorable Mention All-American as well as a First Team All-ACC performer. Physically, Greene meets the position’s minimum requirements, but he is on the “light” side at only 180 lbs. His lean frame concerns me, as he is going to face much more physical coverage on the next level. He has proven to be ultra-successful in the ACC, but the weekly battles versus bigger and stronger NFL DB’s will be a challenge. Athletically, Greene is a high-caliber prospect who has some of the best movement skills in the entire class. He has the ability to stop and start on a dime and is a precision route runner. Greene looks a little heavy-footed when running with the ball, but it’s a deceptive appearance. He’s plenty fast enough to be a legitimate big play threat in the NFL, either in the vertical passing game or as a dangerous YAC guy. As a pass catcher, Greene is consistent and reliable even if he’s not a true hands catcher. He tends to body the ball a bit, but his top-tier athleticism will make up for it. Greene is tougher than his size would indicate, and he scraps with the defender in an effort to help in the running game.
BOTTOM LINE: Rashad Greene is a top-tier athlete in a less than ideal frame who projects perfectly for the slot role in the NFL. He reminds me of Victor Cruz, sans 20 lbs, with his ability to effortlessly control his body and change directions in the blink of an eye. If Greene can grow into his frame and add another 15 lbs or so (without sacrificing his quickness), he will be one of the most productive receivers in this class. He’s a great add for a team that already has a big-bodied No.1 in place and I expect him to come off the board early on Day 2.
GRADE: 7.3 (Late-2nd, Early-3rd)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)