The clear riser of Saturday’s Combine festivities was Nevada’s Virgil Green. The 6’3″, 249-pound tight end wowed with his hops, posting a 42.5″ vertical and a 10’10″ broad jump. He didn’t impress quite as much with his 4.64 40 time, but it still was the third fastest among the tight ends working out in Indy.
Green shines most as a receiving threat, showing explosiveness up the seam and hauling in everything with his sure hands. He impressed with his pass-catching skills at the East-West Shrine Games and built upon that momentum today.
Coming into the week, Green was projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick. With his impressive workout, he likely secured a spot in the top 100. And if teams are especially impressed with what they see on tape, he could rise to the early 3rd, perhaps even the late 2nd round.
To get a glimpse of Green, take a look at DraftBreakdown’s prospect video of the Nevada TE versus Boston College.
Green’s soft hands and ability to gain yardage after the catch showed up in the bowl game against BC. In addition, he displayed some feistiness as a blocker.
Though he lacks the strength to be an effective in-line guy, Green’s willingness to block in space makes him a positive contributor in the run game. He had several key blocks in the game against Cal, helping Colin Kaepernick to run for almost 150 yards.
With his receiving ability and his underrated physicality, Green could be a dynamic weapon at the next level. In the right system, he could best his college receiving numbers and become a middle class man’s Aaron Hernandez.