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Cardinals select...Eric Green, CB, Virginia Tech
Eric Green, CB, Virginia Tech
Height: 5:11.0 Weight: 197
Overview: An outstanding kick blocker on special teams, Green also took on a positive leadership role while starting every game at cornerback as a senior. He took the challenge of being a leader to heart, and won the President's Award for leadership in 2004. Green is the type of player who combines excellent athletic ability with speed and experience. He has come back strong to help solidify the secondary since missing the entire 2002 season with a knee injury. Green excelled as a quarterback, receiver and defensive back at Clewiston (Fla.) High School. Voted the team's MVP in 1999, he was named to the Palm Beach Post All-Area team, and earned All-State honors as a senior. Green was the fourth-rated free safety in the state by The Florida Times-Union and also a member of that newspaper's Super 75 team. He posted five interceptions on defense, passed for 1,100 yards with twelve touchdowns and rushed for over 400 yards and six scores his senior season. He accumulated over 2,200 career passing yards during his last two seasons. Green also lettered in track and basketball, placing fifth in the state in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.3 seconds. Green played in eleven games as a true freshman, starting six contests as he recorded 31 tackles (19 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and four interceptions in 2000. He appeared in ten games as a sophomore in 2001, collecting 18 tackles (11 solos) as he deflected two passes and blocked two punts. Green sat out the 2002 season with a medical redshirt after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the summer. He returned to action in 2003, starting seven contests at field cornerback. Green recorded a career-high 58 tackles (41 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage. He gained 166 yards on three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns and also deflected six passes while blocking the fourth kick of his career. Green started every game as a senior, making 36 tackles (20 solos) with an interception and five pass break-ups. In 47 games with the Hokies, Green registered 143 tackles (91 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses of 39 yards, three forced fumbles, four blocked kicks and 25 pass deflections. He also had eight interceptions for 264 yards in returns and two touchdowns. Only Willie Pile (270, 1999-2002) and Ashley Lee (351, 1980-84) gained more yards on interception returns in school history.
Analysis: Positives...Has a long, lean build with adequate muscle definition, but room for additional growth...Has very good short area quickness with an explosive break on the ball...Has no problems retaining plays and is rarely caught out of position due to his ability to quickly make reads and keys...Has above average change of direction agility, balance and body control, doing a nice job of keeping plays in front of him...Gets a sharp break on the ball and has more than enough range to recover when beaten, but is rarely caught out of position...Stays tight on the hip of receivers on deep routes and cannot be beaten by double moves...His drive to the ball and feel for the pass allow him to get an early jump on the ball...Will not hesitate to come up and plug holes in run support...Has the hand strength to handle his assignments in press coverage, but his speed is also good for man and Cover-2 assignments...Does a very good job of shadowing and trailing in press coverage and has the ability to plant and drive back to the ball...Effective turning and flipping his hips coming out of breaks and showed marked improvement in 2004 to run with the receivers on deep routes...Attacks the ball and shows good timing and proper hand extension competing for the pigskin in tight quarters.
Negatives...Has added strength to his frame, but still lacks ideal size...Has the strength, but needs to get more physical in coverage, as he sometimes gets pushed around by the bigger receivers when trying to dictate route progression...Will get turned around some in man coverage when he peeks into the backfield too long...Quick out of his backpedal, but could be even faster if he would not get so high in his stance...Adequate to read the quarterback in zone coverage, but has good ball skills...Has good hands, but likes to catch the ball with his body...Because of size issues, he is slow to get off blocks and is not physical in his run support, but will tackle...He sometimes takes bad angles and will miss in space, especially when he goes low and tries to trip the runner up.
Agility tests: 4.38 in the 40-yard dash...300-pound bench press...450-pound squat...275-pound power clean...40-inch vertical jump...32 -inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands...15/23 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Clewiston (Fla.) High School, playing football for coach Al Morrell...Competed as a quarterback, receiver and defensive back...Team MVP in 1999...Named to the Palm Beach Post All-Area team, and earned All-State honors as a senior...Was the fourth-rated free safety in the state by The Florida Times-Union and also a member of that newspaper's Super 75 team...Posted five interceptions on defense, passed for 1,100 yards with twelve touchdowns and rushed for over 400 yards and six scores his senior season...Gained over 2,200 career passing yards during his last two seasons...Also lettered in track and basketball, placing fifth in the state in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.3 seconds.
Personal: Graduated with a degree in Retail Property...Son of Janice Freeman and Willie Green...Born Eric Denaud Green on 3/16/82 in Pahokee, Florida...Resides in Clewiston, Florida.
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