Rashad Greene is TN's most recently featured countdown player. I read the post (the series has been great), watched several Greene videos (again) and marveled at the young man's ability. He is truly an elite college receiver. For quite some time a question has continued to come to mind...
How much better than Rashad Greene can Clemson's Sammy Watkins be?
I decided to post this not to make a case for RG being better, or even as good, because the consensus is (and the numbers say) he is not. But I do want to hear opinions regarding Watkins (in relation to our guy) from the many posters here who know more about the game than I. In the grand scheme, how good is Watkins? How good is Greene? Potentially and right now? My take, from watching about five Clemson games and all of ours, is this...
As good as Watkins is, I think Greene has an edge in body control, seems to be as quick and also seems to have equivalent if not better hands. Size and strength go to Watkins all day. Watkins' other glaring strengths seem to me to be amazing acceleration and extremely disciplined route running. How does Greene compare? I also have no idea regarding relative top end speed, explosiveness, leaping ability, flexibility, football IQ and intangibles.
I mentioned the numbers above. They clearly favor Watkins but he was (deservedly) the centerpiece of Clemson's offense and Greene certainly played a role in ours. So lining up game statistics regarding these two just doesn't interest me. Rarely, a dominating college kid appears who goes right to the pros and dominates there too. Quickly to mind (my own list, anyone missing?) are OJ (football only, poor social skills),
Ron Powlus Joe Montana, Herschel Walker and Adrian Peterson.
Is Watkins potentially that kind of talent? (His first season suggests that he is.)
What kind of pro might RG be eventually?