With the 79th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected defensive end Rasheem Green out of USC
The Seahawks had the 79th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft two trades: First, they traded down from 18 to 27 on Friday and acquired the 76th overall pick in the deal, and next they traded down three more spots in a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In moving down three spots, Seattle added a seventh rounder (220th overall).
Green is 6’4, 275 lbs, long arms, and he ran a 4.73 40-yard dash with a 32.5” vertical and a 9’10 broad jump. He had 10 sacks and 12.5 TFLs in 2017 and he’s only 20 years old. Mike Mayock called him a “3-technique” who in three years could be among the best in the NFL after the selection.
Alistair Corp wrote a great profile on Green here: “Rasheem Green has the profile and skill set of a Seahawks’ defensive lineman”
At just 20 years old, Rasheem Green wasn’t expected to declare for the NFL after his junior season. But coming off his best season, a 10-sack, 12.5-tackle for loss campaign, Green became the latest in a line of special talents to declare before their 21st birthday. Leaving the Trojans prior to his senior season may have been the correct decision, though. At 6-4 and 275 pounds, Green was used an undersized defensive tackle often and another season inside may not have helped.
After a great performance at the Scouting Combine, Green is firmly in the top-50 prospect mix. With the ability to play inside and out, as well as reaching the majority of the Seattle Seahawks’thresholds for an EDGE, Green is a tantalizing prospect for a Seahawks team needing difference makers on the defensive line.
NFL.com draft profile on Green:
Green’s draft grade is based on projection over what he shows today. He has obvious upside that is waiting to be unlocked and unleashed, but he must get stronger and play with better technique and toughness. Green doesn’t have the sand in his pants to hold up at the point of attack as an interior defender and will likely be targeted as a base end in 4-3 or 3-4 schemes with a likely role of reducing inside on passing downs. Green may need a team with a patient approach and willing mentor to guide him along his early stages. It will take time, but he should become an impact starter in the league.
And this suggests Green may need another year before being ready for the pro but that he has a lot of potential in him:
”I wanted him to go back to school because he probably would have been a top-10 pick next year. He’s not strong enough to handle NFL guys yet so this year may be a redshirt year for him. He’s got some serious juice though. He’s going to be a dude when it all comes together.” -- AFC team regional scout
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