Packers No. 3 pick scouting report: RB Alex Green, Hawaii

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:57 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Packers third-round RB Alex Green, the team's first-ever pick out of the University of Hawaii, is an intriguing insurance policy behind the potent one-two punch of Ryan Grant and James Starks. What follows is a scouting breakdown of Green by PFW draft expert Nolan Nawrocki from his 2011 Draft Preview book:

Notes: Has a daughter. Also lettered in track as an Oregon prep. Attended Butte College (Calif.) for two seasons - played nine games in 2007 and rushed 105 times for 519 yards (4.9-yard average) and three touchdowns. Played a key role on a national championship team in '08 when he toted 10-1,037-14 (4.7) with eight receptions for 149 yards (18.6) and two touchdowns in 10 games. Was Hawaii's backup in '09, carrying 86-453-2 (5.3) with 11-98-1 (8.9) receiving in 13 games. Sustained a concussion in a non-football-related accident during '10 fall camp. Broke out in '10 by starting all 14 games and rushing 146-1,199-18 (8.2) with 27-363-1 (13.4) receiving. Elected to not run 60-yard shuttle at the Combine.

Positives: Thickly built and well-proportioned. Has good feet and competitive speed to accelerate when he breaks through the line. Very agile for his size. Capitalized on increased carries and gained more than eight yards per carry as a senior. Has soft hands. Can stick his foot in the ground and turn upfield quickly.

Negatives: Ball control has been an issue - fumbled eight times in 271 touches his final two seasons. Runs upright and is not powerful. Can be more physical as a blocker. Only a one-year producer and numbers are inflated by a pass-happy "pistol" offense featuring wide splits against porous WAC defenses. Was never asked to handle a heavy workload. Could take time adapting to a pro playbook.

Summary: A big, upright, finesse, downhill runner, Green chewed up nickel and dime defenses, prompting evaluators to take notice of his size and ability to rip off chunks of yardage. Caught the ball well at the East-West Shrine Game and could develop into a complementary big back.

NFL projection: Fifth- to sixth-round pick.