Packers NFL Draft: RB Green In 3rd Round

Legendary senior writer jclombardi reviews Packers 3rd pick RB Green.

In the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Packers chose RB Alex Green, probably to replace RB Jackson. Biography: Junior college transfer awarded all-Conference honors as a senior. Negatives: Not a physical runner and tends to finish plays out of bounds. Does not display much strength carrying the ball. Must pick up the blocking intensity. Analysis: Green is a physically gifted ball carrier with the athletic skills and running abilities to make it at the next level. He offers potential as a second back in the NFL if he rounds out his game and carries the ball with more physicality. Projection: 6th. Green does not project to be an every-down back at the next level, but he is a weapon in the passing game and could contribute on third down. He has prototypical size, but he runs a bit upright and will not consistently break tackles in the NFL. He also has a case of fumble-itis. He excels in the passing game, as he shows the ability to consistently get open, catches the ball away from his body and turns upfield without any wasted motion. Green will likely be a late round pick due to his ability as a receiverCBS sports: Overview–Green’s surprising burst, quickness and solid hands out of the backfield have drawn attention, but he lacks the vision and instincts to be an every-down back at the next level. Green’s size and straight-ahead running style could make him a nice short-yardage or even fullback option. His natural pass-catching ability provides the versatility that teams seemingly can’t get enough of in today’s pass-heavy NFL. Teams looking to add a running back should give Green strong consideration between rounds four and six.

Analysis: How he fitsThe big question in Green Bay is whether James Starks can be the bell cow back. Brandon Jackson is a free agent and it remains to be seen if Ryan Grant can stay healthy. This is a great offense without a consistent run game and Green is a versatile back who can catch well and be another target for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers are obsessed with finding a consistent run game and at least two of these guys are going to emerge.  Grade: B. Wow, seriously, in the 3rd round?

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