Deontay Greenberry, WR

School: Houston  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Player Overview

Greenberry made headlines on signing day in 2012 when he appeared headed for Notre Dame, but a last-minute trip to Houston changed his mind as the Cougars corralled the highest-rated recruit in school history according to several recruiting services.

Greenberry was inserted into the starting lineup immediately and was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team with 47 catches for 569 yards and three scores. He had his best statistical season as a sophomore in 2013 with a team-best 82 catches for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning Houston's Andre Ware offensive MVP honors and AAC First Team honors.

Greenberry's production declined in 2014 with inconsistencies at the quarterback position, finishing his junior year with a team-best 72 catches for 841 yards and six scores, earning Second Team All-AAC honors. He decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Greenberry is an intriguing athlete at his size with the athletic ballskills to make incredible receptions, but consistency is the issue and makes his future tough to project.

He was an inconsistent finisher in college with too many drops on his resume and some abysmal blocking efforts on tape, showing a lackadaisical and disappointing attitude at times on the field. Greenberry, who needs to dedicate himself in the weight room, is an unpolished route-runner and needs to be more aggressive in his patterns to create his path and generate separation.

The mental aspect of the game isn't there yet and he will require a patient coaching staff, but his size/speed skill-set and intriguing potential are intriguing, which is why he will likely receive top 100 grades from several NFL teams.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall body type with long arms to extend and pluck. Has the frame to add bulk and continue to develop physically. Balanced athlete with good speed off the line of scrimmage and in/out of his breaks.

Physical after the catch with the tough mentality to break tackles, using his stiff arm to never go down easy. Fearless over the middle and did most of his damage at Houston working inside zones. Athletic ballskills to make tough grabs look easy, including a number of one-handed catches or opposite shoulder receptions that most cannot finish.

Natural acceleration after the catch to get up to top speed quickly and look to create as a ballcarrier. Flexible lower body to make sharp cuts and not slow down when changing directions. Lined up inside and outside in Houston's spread offense, but moved almost exclusively to the slot as a sophomore. Productive college career as a three-year starter with over 200 catches and eight 100-yard receiving performances.

WEAKNESSES: Leaner than ideal right now with skinny arms and little muscle definition. Indecisive and lackluster route-running and needs to show better urgency and movements.

Sluggish in his breaks and doesn't consistently use burst in his patterns, allowing defenders to dictate his path and not doing enough to fool defenders or create separation. Mostly free release at Houston and rarely challenged at the line of scrimmage - physicality at the line by NFL defenders will be a tough adjustment.

Will make highlight grabs, but drops too many easy ones and his streaky focus is a red flag. Needs to improve his recognition skills to read coverages and help out his quarterback, especially on blitzes and hot routes.

Underwhelming blocker and struggles to sustain with poor technique and awareness, often appearing disinterested in this area. Lack of aggressiveness and intensity shows up too much on tape and in several areas. Durability not a large concern, but did miss a game in 2013 with an ankle injury.

COMPARES TO: Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears - Greenberry hasn't had the off-field issues that Wilson had, but in regards to their natural ability and football skill-sets, they were cut from a similar cloth: tall, lanky and athletic with the ability to make "wow" catches, but the inconsistencies have been too much to overcome.

--Dane Brugler

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02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE WIDE RECEIVER SNUB: Deontay Greenberry, Houston,...Despite abysmal blocking performances and dozens of drops on his collegiate r??sum??, Greenberry, who was a rare top recruit to end up at Houston, has the size/speed dimensions that NFL teams seek at the position. Other non-invites: Austin Hill (Arizona), Levi Norwood (Baylor), Jordan Taylor (Rice), Evan Spencer (Ohio State), Jaxon Shipley (Texas), Devin Gardner (Michigan), Matt Miller (Boise State), Chris Harper (California), Kasen Williams (Washington), Bud Sasser (Missouri), Jake Kumerow (WI-Whitewater), Nigel King (Kansas), Malcome Kennedy (Texas A&M), George Farmer (Southern California) - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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