Immediate impact was brought to the Florida State program by 4-star wideout Rashad Greene in 2011. Spearheading a Seminoles aerial attack his freshman year, the St. Thomas Aquinas product finished with 38 receptions for 596 yards and seven touchdown receptions. Greene led the team in all three categories, just getting acclimated to the college game.
Continuous progress allowed the wideout to be a vital cog in the team's offensive game plan all four seasons at Tallahassee. In Jameis Winston's Heisman winning season in 2013, Greene aided the young signal caller en route to a career-high 76 receptions for 1128 yards and nine TD receptions. As much publicity Winston received after winning the BCS National Championship, Greene was just as deserving hauling in nine receptions for 147 yards.
Capping off his monumental FSU career, he finished in the top 10 in both receptions and receiving yards in 2014. The production was evident, but his physical abilities still needed to be displayed to NFL scouts and personnel.
Greene's lukewarm performance at the Combine failed to create believability that his athleticism matched his production output. However, Greene was content that his performance justified his rank as one of the top wide receivers in the class of 2015.
At FSU Pro Day. WR Rashad Greene stands by numbers. Not running forty.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 31, 2015
While the combine doesn't constitute a player's true physical potential, Greene excels in areas necessary to possibly impact a team his first year in the league.
Greene might be one of the best natural route runners in the draft. With the ability to separate cleanly on in, out or corner routes, the wideout seemingly gets to where he wants to go on the field. He gives his QB a reliable target that will allow for easier ball placement where only Greene can get to it.
With a rare catch tool, hauling in 99 passes to just three drops, Greene offers reliability to teams at the next level. It's not just locating the ball either. Greene has fantastic reach and extension adjusting to various throws towards his way.
While some wideouts have a hard time adjusting to their new signal callers at the next level, Greene showed a solid rapport with both Manuel and Winston. His production with both first round picks, assuming Winston as a lock in this year's draft, has been elite at FSU. As the leading receiver in school history, and off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, Greene is a dependable talent no matter where he lands in his debut season.
The main deterrent in Rashad Greene's ability to be an exceptional wideout in the pros is his frame. Being uncontrollable, it's not a terrible flaw as a prospect At 5'11, 195-pounds he uses it flawlessly but will have a difficult time getting physical with bigger corners at the next level. Adding muscle could hinder his separation ability that's a plus in his arsenal.
Per nfl.com, Greene lacks blocking prowess on the outside as his technique needs tuning. He also failed to display agility and athleticism that he showed his senior season in the offseason. With guys accelerating up draft boards that play under 6'0 including Breshad Perriman and Tyler Lockett, Greene passed up the chance to entice NFL personnel who soured on his combine performance.
One of the most heralded wideouts in Seminoles history, Greene could be a fixture in a team's offensive game plan day one. Whether in the slot or on the outside, his unique ability to use his frame to the fullest potential offers teams a safe target in the middle rounds.
It's anyone's guess as to where Greene starts his professional career at but currently, he's projected in the mid-round range in a loaded class. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has Greene as the eleventh rated wideout in this year's draft slotted between two workout warriors in Perriman and Tre McBride of William & Mary.
The FSU product has proved he can handle quality competition and his transition to the NFL should be more seamless compared to others. Greene should fit in with any team as a secondary option early in his career and has the determination and track record to develop into a productive NFL wideout.