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Cowboys' Potential Draft Pick: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene was originally recruited by former coach Greg Schiano to play safety, but he made his impact as a weak-side linebacker in college. Over the past two seasons, Greene led the Big East with 10.5 tackles per game.

    Scouting Report

    At 6-1, 241 pounds, Greene is an undersized linebacker. At his height and with sub-33 inch arms, Greene struggles getting off of blocks. Once engaged, he’s usually rendered ineffective. Greene makes his impact in pursuit, flying down the line to tackle ball-carriers in the backfield. He’s not an extremely explosive athlete—he ran just a 4.71 and posted a 30-inch vertical at the Combine—but he plays instinctually. His bread-and-butter is making plays in space as opposed to taking on blocks.

    As a former safety, Greene is a fluid athlete. He plays linebacker as if he’s in the defensive backfield. Again, he doesn’t possess outstanding speed, but Greene makes up for it by rarely taking any false steps. He finds himself in the right place at the right time. Greene is also a reliable tackler in the open-field. He seems to have a knack for creating turnovers; he intercepted six passes and forced an incredible 12 fumbles during his time at Rutgers.

    The problem for Greene is that he doesn’t have one specific trait that stands out; he’s short, but he doesn’t make up for it with 4.5 speed. That means he’ll be very limited in the NFL; he can basically play only the weak-side linebacker position in a 4-3 defense. He can also add value on special teams.

    NFL Comparison: Ernie Sims

    Another undersized linebacker who filled in admirably for Dallas in 2012, Sims hasn’t played as well as many thought he would as the No. 9 overall pick in 2006. Both Sims and Greene can make plays if they’re placed in the right situation, but they also have big limitations.

    Projection

    Many are talking about Greene getting selected in the second round, but I don’t see it. In my opinion, anything prior to the fourth round for a 6-1 linebacker with mediocre speed would be a reach. I have a feeling you’ll see Greene drop into the third round, at least.

    Fit In Dallas

    The Cowboys seem content on using Bruce Carter as their weak-side linebacker. I’d personally play Carter on the strong side and go with a light lineup, in which case Greene would be an option. If the ‘Boys are thinking of bringing back Sims, they might see Greene as a younger alternative.

    Other Scouting Reports

    Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

    Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

    Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

    Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

    Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

    Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

    Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

    Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

    Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

    D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

    Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

    Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

    Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

    Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

    Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

    Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

    Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

    Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

    Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

    Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

    Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

    Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

    Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

    Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

    Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

    Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    Kyle Long, G/T, Oregon

    Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

     

    Jonathan Bales is the founder of The DC Times. He writes for DallasCowboys.com and the New York Times. He's also the author of Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft.