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2016 NFL Draft: TJ Green selected 57th overall by Indianapolis Colts

TJ Green - DB, ClemsonPick Analysis

TJ Green – DB, Clemson

Pick Analysis

The Colts defense has so many holes and defensive back is certainly one of the bigger ones. They have Vontae Davis and Mike Adams but they need to give them some help. TJ Green should be that. The converted receiver has only one year of defensive experience at safety on Clemson’s ACC winning team. As you’d expect from a player in his situation, his tape isn’t too great. However, at the combine his measurables wowed a lot of people, and relate to a corner more than a safety. The Colts are banking on him being able to develop into a proper corner rather than just a guy with nice tools, which is pretty risky. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

One of the fastest risers recently, Green is an absolute freak athlete that will likely see someone draft him much earlier than he perhaps ought to be due to his rare physical traits and the potential, over the actual play on the field so far and lack of experience.  Green signed with the Clemson Tigers as a 2-star wider receiver and special teams player, and didn’t see a lot of action early on.  He decided therefore to make the switch to defense and saw a bit of time contributing as a backup in 2014, before emerging as a starter this past season for the first time.  Despite only playing one year full time, he decided to skip his senior year and enter the draft now instead.  That will likely see some questions from NFL teams asking why he wouldn’t stay another year and improve what is an extremely raw game, and could well be a legitimate concern that he’d make that choice.  The numbers from his one year certainly look good from a tackle production perspective.  Green amassed 95 stops in 2015 as a highly active run defender exceling at charging downfield into the box and hitting with force.  The lack of experience is all over his film though.  Green just does not seem to understand coverage assignments, gets horribly out of position, and is responsible for bad busts that lead to wide open players making easy huge plays for long touchdowns.  His communication and ability to work in tandem with teammates breaks down frequently.  He is a massive projection to what he can do in time – is he going to learn how to properly execute his assignments and progress to better anticipate plays and read quarterbacks?  It’s a bit of an unknown and a major risk, especially if he indeed goes high on day 2 of the draft as predicted.  Is he another Taylor Mays?  We’ll see.  He ought to be a standout on special teams while he takes his time to develop, where his exceptional 4.34 speed at 6ft 2 ½ & 209 lbs will be put to very good use. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B-

2016 NFL Draft: TJ Green selected 57th overall by Indianapolis Colts

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