Green played safety his first 2 years at Rutgers. Green tied for the team lead in INT’s as a freshman at FS despite only starting 1 game. He then had 3 more INT’s, 4 forced fumbles and 77 tackles as a Sophmore. Rutgers then decided to more him to outside linebacker. He then proceeded to absolutely break out as a player. As a Junior he had 141 tackles leading the Big East, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. As a Senior he had 125 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, 5.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 5 passes batted down and 2 interceptions.
Strengths: He has fantastic athleticism for the WLB position having been a former safety. Green is also a very good tackler, rarely missing tackles even in the open field. He created turnovers as well as anyone in the draft, both getting interceptions and forcing fumbles. Really good at ripping the ball out. Good in coverage having played safety and is a fairly good blitzer. Wants to play all the time, also played on offensive and defensive special team for Rutgers as a senior.
Weaknesses: Size. He isn’t as big as your typical linebacker and that makes it harder to get those big blockers off of you. However Lavonte David was pretty good as a rookie being about the same size. At times tries to strip the ball instead of just making the sound tackle and lets the guy gain more yards.
Draft Projection: Early to Mid 2nd round
He is limited in the positions he can play because of his size but he has the athleticism and coverage ability to be an absolutely outstanding WLB and that is something the Bengals desperately need. We need a linebacker who can cover a RB and Green is that type of guy. Plus this gets Burfict back to his natural position and better than anything else, gets Maualuga off the field.
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