2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Virgil Green
You won’t find many tight ends that are as athletic as Virgil Green. He was originally recruited as a wide receiver out of Tulare Union High School in Tulare, California.
Green has started for Nevada since his sophomore season. He came in and made an impact almost immediately and was a big time favorite of Colin Kaepernick.
Player Name: Virgil Green
Position: Tight End
Height: 6’3 3.8
Hand: 9 1/4
Green’s athleticism stands out big time, and that’s a great thing for him and the NFL. Teams are coveting tight ends that can run after the catch more and more with guys like Vernon Davis, Kellen Winslow, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, etc. Green can make plays in open space, and has soft and strong hands. He is a legit red zone target who can make all of the tough catches. He is physical in the middle of the field and has a mean streak to him when it comes to blocking in space.
Green is quite raw in terms of overall receiving ability. He’ll need to work on running crisp routes. Right now he tends to round them off and doesn’t break in and out of his cuts very well. When he’s blocking in tight spaces he tends to struggle and get pushed back. Green doesn’t get a good push in the run game, he’s much better in space when blocking. He’s more of a project right now but could really turn into a stud if groomed properly.
Green’s value lies around the late third to early fourth round, and potentially higher if teams value his athleticism enough. Look for San Diego to grab him as a backup to groom behind aging Antonio Gates, who they missed for a few weeks with a few foot injuries. Atlanta, Carolina, Arizona and Houston could also take a look at him in the fourth round.
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