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Jets Draft Review: Shonn Greene

Posted By Frank Mazzola On May 31 2009 @ 7:50 pm In New York Jets | No Comments

The New York Jets came away with only three players from the 2009 Rookie Draft.  However, they addressed areas of concern with all three of them.

Shonn Greene

Running Back


Taken with the 64th overall pick (trade with Detroit)

Thomas Jones is old and may not have much more left in him.  Leon Washington is dynamic but may be too small to carry a large workload.  Knowing both these situations could turn out to be big issues for them this year and beyond, the Jets pulled the trigger on a trade and traded up to the first pick in the third round to obtain Greene.

The running back from Iowa possesses the size (5'10, 277 lbs.) to move the pile at the line of scrimmage, something the Jets have struggled with in recent years.  He is a tough inside runner with tremendous leg drive and could develop into a powerful red zone threat.  In a worst case scenario, he could be a goal line specialist like T.J Duckett.

However, he is not guaranteed to cut into anyone's role just yet.  Like many rookie running backs, Greene needs to work on picking up the blitz.  He is also not a very gifted receiver out of the backfield, an edge that both Jones and Washington have over him. 

Expect the Jets to try using a three-pronged attack much like the Baltimore Ravens did last year with Le'Ron McClain, Willis McGahee and Ray Rice.  Greene would play the McClain role, which means lots of short yardage work.  However, when healthy, his backfield mates will garner the majority of the carries.

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