04-22-2005, 07:23 AM
Seahawks select...David Greene QB, GEORGIA
04-23-2005, 09:11 PM
David Greene, QB, Georgia
Height: 6:03.0 Weight: 231
Overview: David holds the rare distinction of being the only passer in school history to start every game during his four-year career...The unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs, he is like a gunslinger on the football field staying cool under pressure and ready to fire from anywhere on the gridiron...Much like former St. Louis Cardinals great, Jim Hart, David became known as a "cardiac kid" after leading his team to victory by staging fourth-quarter rallies in seven contests (five of those rallies came vs. nationally-ranked teams at South Carolina in 2004, Clemson, Alabama and Auburn in 2002 and Tennessee in 2001)... David was an USA Today All-American honorable mention and Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State and Super Eleven pick at South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) High School. He was named Gwinnett County's co-Offensive Player of the Year and Atlanta Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year after completing 134 of 227 passes (59.1%) for 2,102 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, leading the team to back-to-back playoff appearances...Heavily recruited out of high school, Greene decided to stay home and attend Georgia, where he was later joined his childhood friend, All-American defensive end David Pollack on the squad...He redshirted in 2000, but after a superb performance in 2001 spring ball, he was handed the starting job before his first collegiate game and went on to start every contest he played in (51). He was chosen the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year, as he set school freshman records with 2,789 yards on 192 of 324 passes (59.3%), 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions...Greene was named the most underrated player in the SEC by the Birmingham News as a sophomore and did not prove that paper wrong. He gained 2,924 yards (fourth-best season total in school history) with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 218 of 379 passing (57.5) and averaged 205.1 yards per game in total offense. He became sort of a cult hero around campus after leading three fourth-quarter comebacks (vs. Clemson, Alabama, Auburn) against Top 25-ranked teams during the course of the season. He was selected the SEC's Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 2002. Only Eric Zeier (24 in both 1993 and '94) had more touchdown passes in a season that David's 22...While his yardage figures improved in 2003, his interception rate was the highest of his career (11) while his touchdown pass output was the lowest (13). Greene completed 264 of 438 passes (60.3%) for 3,307 yards, but also lost 180 yards on 69 carries. He joined Eric Zeier (3,482 in 1993, 3,457 in 1994) as the only players in school history to amass over 3,000 yards in total offense (3,127) in a season. His 3,307 aerial yards rank third on Georgia's annual record chart behind Zeier (3,525 in 1993, 3,396 in 1994)...Before his senior season, the coaching staff refined the playbook and went with a short-to-intermediate passing attack. The results proved to be record-breaking for David. One of eight athletes in the NCAA Division 1-A ranks to earn National Scholar-Athlete honors from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, David became the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division 1-A annals with 42 victories, topping the previous mark of 39 by Tennessee's Peyton Manning (1994-97). Greene also broke Manning's SEC career-record (11,020) with 11,270 yards in total offense as a Bulldog. His 1,440 pass attempts rank second in SEC annals and his 849 completions rank third (both are school career-records). His 11,528 yards passing and 72 aerial touchdowns topped the old Georgia all-time records of 11,153 yards and 67 scores by Zeier (1991-94). However, his 32 interceptions tied Buck Belue (1978-81) for the fourth-highest career total in school annals...He also owns the school and conference career-records for most consecutive passes without an interception (214 breaking his own old mark of 176) and lowest ratio of interceptions in a career (1:46.7).
Analysis: Positives...Very confident and respected leader who has adequate arm strength and velocity...Classic left-handed pocket passer whose tosses lose zip and touch when he has to throw on the move...Has a wide frame with smooth muscle tone, but does not run as quick as his timed speed indicates... Before 2004, Greene struggled with poor decisions and "tunnel-vision" as he locked on to his primary targets and held on to the ball too long rather than throwing it away, resulting in a high amount of interceptions...With a slightly different offensive approach in 2004 and with his young offensive line maturing, he cut down on his interceptions and showed better ability to go through his progressions and locate his secondary targets...His footwork could use improvement, as it limits his ability to scramble far from the pocket... Shows better ability now to step up and away from pressure, but is better suited for the short-to-intermediate area passing game, where he does a better job of hitting his receivers in stride...When Greene has to throw long or find his targets when forced out of the pocket, his receivers have to make too many adjustments in order to get to the ball... When he does run out of the pocket, his ability to escape the chase is limited...When throwing on the run, he fails to set his feet, and does not have the arm strength to throw off-balance...His release is good, but he tends to pat the ball before throwing...Effective with his over-the-top release point, but when he starts the ball low at the hip, he sometimes reverts to a three-quarter sidearm...Long accuracy suffers only when he fails to set his feet... Solid competitor who has the ability to carry the offense and could develop into a decent pro player, but he still needs to work with a more patient coach in developing better accuracy outside the pocket before he can hope to compete for a starting position.
Agility tests: 4.75 in the 40-yard dash...340-pound bench press...425-pound squat...265-pound power clean...31.5-inch vertical jump...32 -inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands...Left-handed... 21/28 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) High, playing football for coach T. McFerrin... Earned USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Eleven, Super Southern 100, Top 75 in Georgia, Class AAAA All-State, Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State, Gwinnett County co-Offensive Player of the Year, Gwinnett Touchdown Club All-Star Quarterback and Atlanta Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year honors in 1999...He completed 134 passes on 227 attempts for 2,102 yards and 19 touchdowns during his senior season...Led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history...Invited to play in the Georgia-Florida all-star game...Also played right field for the baseball team.
Personal: Business major...Born 6/22/82...Resides in Snellville, Georgia.
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04-23-2005, 09:12 PM
David Greene, QB, Georgia
Man, talk about culture shock! He's going to go from Athens, GA to Seattle, Washington - clear across the United States.
A little higher than I thought he'd be picked. I figured fourth round.
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