As dynasty fantasy owners prepare for their rookie drafts, there are a few players that flash and burn; while others climb in the collective rankings. Today we will discuss former Horned Frog rusher Aaron Green. Although he was not invited to the NFL Combine, the back put together quite a senior season with almost 1400 combined yards and twelve touchdowns. I reviewed his games against Minnesota, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ole Miss (2014), and his Senior Bowl game along with the televised practices to get a good handle on what this young man brings to the next level. Here are my thoughts:
RB-Aaron Green, Texas Christian 5′ 10″ 203 lbs.
Cons: This back does not run behind his pads (aka too high, not sinking his hips) and is lacking in power/leg drive which makes him a liability in short yardage situations. Green is very dependent on his offensive line’s ability to create space for him to run. Once a defender gets a hold of the runner, his legs do not keep driving. The former Horned Frog rarely breaks tackles and attempts to take the majority of his runs outside of the tackles. I also noticed that his attentions wanes on plays not going to him, which will tip-off more astute NFL defenders. Green has some ball security issues and doesn’t always make good football decisions. When the rusher is in pass protection, he gets off-balance too often and seems to focus on outside blitzers instead of inside defenders. As a receiver out of the backfield, the back has a bad habit of letting the ball into his body and rarely catches the ball in stride.
Pros: Green has lightning quick feet that allow him to start/stop immediately almost looking like a slalom skier going downhill. It’s the agile slasher role that the young back excels at the most. He does his best work in the open field where his burst and suddenness take over. The runner uses his above average vision and amazing patience along with jump cuts, hurdles, and spins to gain separation. Green does his best work on draws, counters, and direct snaps that allow him to find the cutback lane against the grain.
Overall impressions: His skill set makes him a difficult fit for many NFL and fantasy teams. There is not a huge need for change of pace backs that struggle in pass protection and catching the ball. Green has a second or third string skill set that may make him more of a Lache Seastrunk type of runner. Perhaps he can prove himself in the return game.
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