Scouting report: Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene

5'11, 235 pounds | Iowa | Running back

Strengths:
After Chris Wells of Ohio State, Greene is probably the most powerful running back in this class. Unlike a lot of backs in this year's class, he can get the tough yards and be relied on near the goal line. Shakes off poor tacklers. Real trouble if he gets in the open field to get up to top speed. Good lean. Possesses the lateral quickness to work outside the tackles. Solid blocker due to his strength.

Weaknesses: Only average speed. Unless he gets into the open field, Greene has some trouble getting up to top speed. Sat out the 2007 season and will have to answer a lot of questions about it during the interview process. Weight has fluctuated. Mostly an unknown as a receiver. Only had 11 career receptions for 72 yards. Had just one outstanding season. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

Final word: Greene started just one season at Iowa and it was an impressive one. He finished second nationally with 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns. Won the Doak Walker Award as a junior. Sat out a year of football in 2007 and attended prep school for a year following high school. Greene is a powerfully built back with good vision and quickness. He doesn't have great speed, however, and may be best in a rotation with a speed back.

Round projection: 2

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