Dallas Cowboys 2016 NFL Draft: Aaron Green Film Review

TCU is known for their deadly passing game, consisting of quarterback Trevone Boykin and receivers Josh Docston and Kolby Listenbee. However, they also have a one of the more underrated talents in the nation at the running back position in Aaron Green.

The scat back has become a popular trend in NFL offenses in today’s game. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, Green doesn’t necessarily provide the intrigue some other backs in this class do, but in the right offense, he could be a real key piece. A transfer from Nebraska, Green wasn’t able to beat out Rex Burkhead there, but in two seasons as the starter at TCU, he’s rushed the football just under 375 times for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns. Let’s take the look at the film and see how Green projects to the NFL.

One problem I have with Green is his size. He rarely beats opponents and he sometimes shies away from contact. As a running back, you need to competent and putting your shoulder down and being the first to create a contact. This a clip of Green failing to do that.

I will say one thing though, Green is extremely adapt at hitting the hole, using his speed.

On top of hitting the hole, Green has great vision at the second level of the defense.

On top of his vision at the second level of the defense, Green has excellent home-run speed, a combination that can be used extremely well in the NFL.

Because of his underwhelming size, Green may not be able to take on blockers in the NFL. He doesn’t necessarily have the best blocking skills to begin with.

Despite the ability to make defenders look foolish at times, Green has the frame and the type of skillset that doesn’t translate well to the NFL. I think Green would fit best in an NFL offense as a change-of-pace back. He has the ability to play receiver, which bodes well if he is to fit that change-of-pace mold.

How would Green fit in Dallas? I’m not sure Dallas would be the best spot for Green. His production seems to be a little bloated because of the fact he played in a high-octane Big 12 offense. Teams will need to get creative for Green to perform at his best, and with a guy like Lance Dunbar, the Cowboys don’t really have a need  or a spot for Green on the roster.

Games watched: Minnesota, Kansas State, and Ole Miss (2014).

Next up on the docket: Kareem Hunt

What do you think?


Written by Ryan Ratty

An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.


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