Sunday, April 26, 2009

7th Round, # 245 -- Courtney Greene

by: Michael Steffes

With the 245th selection in the 2009 draft, the Seahawks have taken Courtney Greene, a safety from Rutgers.

Here is what we know:

The Seahawks have taken their second straight player from Rutgers. They must love New Jersey.

Greene's strengths:

Looks the part of a NFL safety. Has good strength and is a solid tackler when moving forward. Will deliver a lick and can knock the ballcarrier back. Has good short-area quickness and burst. Displays good speed, including catching up when beated. Has good range and can make plays from the hashes to the sideline.
His weaknesses:
Is stiff in his hips and upper body. Is not a sure tackler. Will whiff on hits he should make. Lacks natural change-of-direction ability. Struggles to hold tight man coverage, especially out of the breaks. Is very streaky and prone to mental lapses. Will get too aggressive at times. Plays high and does not always balance well in the open field.
Overall, he had a better junior year than he did senior year, much like the rest of the Rutgers team. He is smart and tough, and will battle for a roster spot on the team with Jamar Adams, CJ Wallace, and others.