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NFL Draft Spotlight: Iowa LB Chad Greenway
LB Chad Greenway


By Scott Eklund

Date: Mar 18, 2006

In the spotlight today is Iowa's Chad Greenway, a player whose stock fell a bit following the Combine, but not likely far enough to still be on the board when the Colts pick at the number 30 position.


Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa: 6'3, 242 lbs. (4.76 forty)

NFL Comparison: Keith Brooking, Atlanta Falcons

Overview

Don’t let his 40-time fool you, Greenway is a playmaker from sideline-to-sideline. Has excellent instincts, sheds blockers well and is a leader with a tough, old-school attitude. Three-year starter and two-year team captain that has all the tools to be an excellent weakside linebacker at the next level.

Against the run

Greenway breaks down well and doesn’t get lost in traffic. Takes on blockers well and has good rip-technique when shedding blockers. Needs to work on his strength a little, but it never hurt him at the collegiate level. As stated above, his 40-time didn’t hinder him from making plays all over the field. His lateral pursuit is incredible and when he gets his hands on a ball-carrier, he goes down. He takes good angles and diagnoses plays well.

Against the pass

Can get lost in space at times, but shows good instincts in zones reading quarterbacks eyes and the routes backs and tight ends run. Has decent hips to run with backs, but isn’t adept at man-to-man coverage downfield. Gets deep on his drops in zone coverage. When blitzing, has a burst to get the quarterback and has a nice spin move. Can use his quick first step to get by pass-blockers, but he needs to develop more moves.

Final Analysis

Greenway’s performance at the Combine raised a few eyebrows when he posted sub-par speed and strength numbers. His stock has fallen a bit, but personal workouts usually can allay any fears that teams have with a players ability with a good performance. He won’t fall out of the top 20 and with a big-time performance in his individual workouts he could move close to the top 10. He would make a lot of teams happy as a weakside playmaking linebacker so expect him to go anywhere from 12 to 18 in the draft.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com.

Draft Snapshot: LB Bobby Carpenter
Bobby Carpenter

By Scott Eklund

Date: Mar 24, 2006

If the Colts don't pick a running back in the first round, Ohio State LB Bobby Carpenter could be a consideration. And there's an outside chance that with a move up in the second round, they could get both their running back and a linebacker like Carpenter.


Bobby Carpenter, LB Ohio State: 6'3, 255 pounds, (4.66-forty)

NFL Comparison: Napoleon Harris, Minnesota Vikings

Overview
Overshadowed by teammate A.J. Hawk, but just as versatile and almost as explosive. Carpenter can back up all three spots in the linebacking corps because of his size/speed ratio. Relentless in pursuit and tough with good athletic ability. Very well-rounded as a player and shows the tenacity necessary to be solid at the next level.

Against the run
Carpenter’s size allows him to hold up well against the run. His technique could use some work and he needs to get stronger, but there is no denying the stats he put up as a Buckeye (over 200 tackles in 26 starts). When he gets his hands on a ball-carrier the play is over. Lets blockers get into his body, but that can be rectified with coaching at the pro level.

Against the pass
For a man his size, Carpenter has excellent hips to turn and run with tight ends and backs in man-to-man coverage. Gets very deep on his drops and shows good instincts in space. As an edge pass-rusher, Carpenter shows a good burst to get to the quarterback and a solid spin move. Needs to work on more moves to be successful at the pro level, but has good instincts as a blitzer.

Final Analysis
He runs well, is a leader and plays with a lot of passion. Carpenter is currently earning second-round grades, and because he’s still recovering from a broken ankle suffered in November, teams may be a tad leery about selecting him in the early part of the second round even though he appears to be fully recovered.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com.