NFL Draft

Jets trade up again, get Shonn Greene

Admin - April 26, 2009

The New York Jets continued dealing and wheeling on Day 2 of the 2009 NFL Draft as they traded their 3rd  (#76 overall), 4th  (#115 overall) and 7th (#228 overall) round picks in exchange for the Detroit Lions' 3rd round pick (#65 overall) to select RB Shonn Greene from the University of Iowa.

Shonn Green, 5'10", 235 lbs, is a big back who can run through tackles and move the pile. He had an excellent 2008 season when he started in all 13 games, gaining 1,850 yards on 307 carries (6.0 yards per carry), 20 TDs.

Positives: Drops his shoulder and barrels over tackles, shows some patience and vision to set up runs, very good size and girth.

Negatives: missed time because of academic problems (academically ineligible in 2007) and could require time to learn a complex NFL playbook, not explosive, lacks finishing speed and can be tracked from behind, has marginal lateral quickness, needs to improve in pass protection.

The Gang Green decided to select Greene mostly due to RB Thomas Jones being unhappy with his current contract. Greene is not really a need pick, as the Jets have much bigger holes to fill at WR and S.

After this trade the Gang Green have only one selection left in this year's Draft - 6th round pick (#193 overall).