Representatives of all 32 NFL teams traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey to scout a strong class of former Rutgers' players and there was quite the variety of talent to observe.
Considering that he made the switch to linebacker after starring at free safety at Rutgers, variety is one of describing Khaseem Greene. Another would be "playmaker" as the back to back Big East Defensive Player of the Year has shown a knack for making big plays at critical moments.
On Wednesday, however, the operative word for Greene might have been simply "fast," as the 6-1, 240-pounder was unofficially clocked in at 4.61-seconds, a tenth of a second improvement over his time at the combine.
Sources at the workout suggest that while Greene's timed drills were strong, his positional workout was better and neither is as good as his tape, which is why he's considered a potential top 64 selection.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Greene's workout, in fact, wasn't his numbers but his weight. Greene had been listed at 230 pounds while playing at Rutgers but weighed in at 241 pounds at the combine. Scouts are all too familiar with highly regarded but smaller players like Greene to weigh in heavy in Indianapolis, elect not to work out there and then time well at a significantly lighter weight weeks later at their pro day.
Greene, however, did all of the drills at the combine and simply felt that he could improve upon them, at virtually the same weight on Wednesday.
“I'm very comfortable with my weight,” Greene told The Star Ledger. “It's not like it's bad weight. I think it's very good weight. Actually, I know it's really good weight. I know that I'm fast. And running a fast 40 is nothing because I know my game speed is a lot faster than that. So when you put it all in one bowl, with people telling me I play fast and the fact that I ran a 4.61 in the 40, I think you've got a guy that's a pretty fast linebacker.”
Cornerback Logan Ryan shows good speed on tape, as well, though it was a bit surprising to see him not attempt to improve upon the less-than-ideal 4.56-second time he had in Indianapolis. That allowed the two men who shared the starting cornerback role opposite him -- seniors Brandon Jones and Marcus Cooper -- to steal some of the thunder Wednesday by running in the high 4.4s. Cooper, 6-2, 190-pounds, also registered an impressive 39" vertical and 10'9" broad jump. Only three cornerbacks tested in Indianapolis had a better broad jump, Robert Alford from Southeast Louisiana, Florida State's Xavier Rhodes and B.W. Webb from William & Mary, each of whom posted an 11'0 leap.
Short, but not small running back Jawan Jamison was successful in improving his 40-yard dash times Wednesday. Unfortunately, by clocking in the mid 4.6s, it wasn't significantly better than the 4.68-second time that the 5-08, 203-pounder had run in Indianapolis.
While Jamison's (and, to a lesser extent, Ryan's) timed drills are a bit of a concern, he has impressive tape. Built very similarly to former Rutgers' star Ray Rice, Jamison elected to give up his final two years of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2013 draft after reportedly receiving a third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.