2015 NFL DRAFT
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Greg Threat

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 197 | College: Miami (Fla.)
 
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Overview

After becoming the first non-linebacker in school history to lead the team in tackles during the 2004 season, Threat was primed for a banner senior campaign. He shifted to free safety to take advantage of his range, but after starting the season opener, he was benched and later suffered a thigh contusion that would force him to the sidelines for two regular season games.

The Lincoln High School product played cornerback and wide receiver for one of the state's top prep programs, as Lincoln won Florida Class 4A State Championships in 1999 and 2001. He earned Super Prep All-American and was the No. 21 defensive back in the nation, according to that recruiting service. He was rated the eighth-best defensive back in the Southeast by Prep Star and earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and first-team Class 4A All-State and All-Big Bend honors as a senior. He was selected to play in the Cali-Florida All-Star Game.

Threat recorded 70 tackles, intercepted a team-leading six passes and had 18 pass breakups, in addition to catching 27 passes for 268 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He had 85 tackles (45 solos), seven interceptions and broke up 10 passes on defense, in addition to grabbing six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns on offense as a junior. Threat graduated with a 3.2 grade point average.

Threat chose Miami over Florida, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. He had an excellent season in his first year at Miami, as he was one of several true freshmen to play extensively during the 2002 season. He started once at free safety, once at strong safety and once in a nickel package, recording 16 tackles (12 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Threat played in seven games, starting three times at strong safety in 2003. He came up with 19 tackles (12 solos) and deflected a pass. Despite leading the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranking 10th in the nation with 136 tackles (53 solos) in 2004, Threat only received All-ACC honorable mention. He made eleven stops for losses, recovered a fumble and deflected seven passes. He also had three interceptions.

Threat shifted to free safety as a senior, but a lingering thigh injury limited him to nine games. He posted 28 tackles (12 solos) with a pass deflection. He also recovered and caused a fumble. In 40 games at Miami, Threat started 18 times. He recorded 199 tackles (89 solos) with twelve stops for losses of 15 yards. He recovered two fumbles and caused another. He also had nine pass breakups and three interceptions for 97 yards in returns.

Analysis

Positives: Has adequate size and muscle development, smooth-toned body, good range and quickness and loose hips … Has the acceleration to close on the ball and shows the hand placement to reroute tight ends and backs in the short area passing game … Has a quick closing burst and the straight-line speed to come up and fill the gaps … Does a good job of "getting small" to slip through traffic in backside pursuit … Has natural hands and ball skills, doing a good job of adjusting on the move in order to get into position to make the play … Physical tackler who shows a quick burst to set up down field to prevent the long punt returns on special teams … Knows how to take proper angles to shorten the field and force the running backs to look for the cutback lanes … Has the arm reach and leaping ability to compete for the ball at its high point … Best when operating inside the box as a Cover-2 defender, as he shows urgency and determination to fill the rush lanes and make plays in space … Solid down hill player who knows how to keep the plays in front of him.

Negatives: Has loose hips, but is a bit of a liability in man coverage because he stands too tall in his backpedal, taking false steps that makes him struggle trying to turn out of his breaks … Adequate tackler, but needs to add more lower body strength in order to hit with better force (bigger backs can bounce off his tackles) … Spends too much time eyeing the quarterback and will get caught out of position, as the receivers can eat up his cushion … Needs to refine his pedal technique … Might need to bulk up and play strong safety, as he proved in 2005 that he is not instinctive enough to make proper reads and play the center of the field like a free safety should … Can get shielded from the ball by the bigger receivers … Must do a better job of widening his base and using his hands more when taking on blocks.

Threat proved to be a capable open field tackler at strong safety in 2004, but once he shifted to free safety as a senior he was soon replaced in the lineup because coaches recognized that he had marginal instincts and could not grasp the mental aspect of playing that position. Threat lacks the ideal bulk and will also need to improve his lower body strength in order to take on blocks more effectively at the strong safety position.

Some scouts compare him to former Hurricane Sean Taylor for his range, but he struggles in man coverage due to poor backpedal technique and is better off playing inside the box, where he can keep the plays in front of him. Threat spends too much time looking into the backfield and will bite often on play-action and misdirection.

Threat does take good angles in short area pursuit and has the loose hips and range to shut down the cutback lanes. He has a knack for squeezing through tight quarters and shows toughness stepping up to fill the rush lanes.

He is a consistent wrap-up tackler, but will get a little out of control when he is caught out of position and has to recover. He has the quickness to cover the deep half of the field, but lacks the second gear to stay on the hips of receivers on deep routes. Because of his special teams ability, he could contribute there and in the sub-package. But teams will have to determine if they can live with his mental lapses at free safety or attempt to bulk him up for a possible move back to strong safety.

Career Notes

Became the team's first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles with 136 hits in 2004 (based on records dating to 1981) … His 136 tackles were the most in a season by a non-linebacker since defensive tackle Rubin Carter collected 147 in 1973.

2005 Season

Played in nine games, starting the season opener vs. Florida State at free safety before being replaced in the lineup … Missed the South Florida and Duke games after suffering a thigh contusion in the Colorado clash … Finished with 28 tackles (12 solos), as he caused and recovered a fumble … Also deflected one pass.

2005 Game Analysis

Florida State … In his only start, he posted three tackles with a pressure and caused a fumble.

North Carolina and Georgia Tech … Delivered three tackles (2 solos) in each game … Also batted away a pass vs. UNC.

Colorado … Despite seeing action in only 19 plays before hurting his thigh, Greg had five assisted tackles.

Wake Forest … Registered six tackles (4 solos) and recovered a fumble, participating in 29 plays, mostly in the second half, for injured starter Kenny Phillips.

2004 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention … Led the ACC and ranked tenth in the nation with a career-high 136 tackles (53 solos) with eleven stops for losses if 14 yards … Added two quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery while starting eleven of twelve games at strong safety … Deflected seven passes and intercepted three passes for 97 yards in returns.

2004 Game Analysis

Florida State … Made fourteen tackles with a stop for a loss, two pass break-ups and an interception that led to a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Louisiana State … Followed with a nine-tackle performance.

Houston … Had a career-high 19 tackles, including two for losses.

Georgia Tech … Posted nine tackles and made his second interception of the season, returning the ball 36 yards.

Louisville … Had another nine hits, including a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

North Carolina State … Notched thirteen tackles and had a pass deflection.

North Carolina … Tied his career-high with 19 tackles, including one for a loss, two QB pressures and one pass break-up … Got his third interception of the season, returning the ball 61 yards.

Wake Forest … Totaled eleven tackles with two stops for losses and also recovered a fumble.

Virginia Tech … Added a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage and ten hits.

Florida (Peach Bowl) … Came off the bench to deliver seven tackles (3 solos) with a pass deflection and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

2003 Season

Played in seven games, starting vs. Florida State, Temple and Pittsburgh at strong safety … Recorded 19 tackles (12 solos) and one pass deflection … Missed most of fall practice due to a leg injury and was expected to redshirt until Mo Sikes injured his knee vs. West Virginia.

2003 Game Analysis

Started at strong safety vs. Florida State and was second on the team with nine tackles, including seven solo stops and also broke up one pass … In the Temple clash, he posted three tackles (two solos) … Made one assisted tackle at Virginia Tech and one solo stop vs. Tennessee … Logged two solo tackles vs. Rutgers … made his third start of the season in UM's win at Pittsburgh, delivering two assists.

2002 Season

Had an excellent season in his first year at Miami … One of several true freshmen to play extensively during the season … Started once at free safety, once at strong safety and once in a nickel package … Played in twelve and starting once (Florida A&M) … Finished with 16 tackles (12 solos) and a stop for a 1-yard loss.

2002 Game Analysis

Had two tackles at Syracuse and one stop vs. Pittsburgh … Added one solo tackle vs. Tennessee and recorded four tackles including three solos in the win over Connecticut … Made two tackles (one solo) vs. Boston College and delivered made four tackles, including a stop for a one-yard loss vs. Florida A&M.

Injury Report

2005: Suffered a thigh contusion vs. Colorado (9/24) that forced him to miss the South Florida and Duke games.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.61 in the 40-yard dash … 255-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 10 times … 405-pound squat … 265-pound power clean … 33.5-inch vertical jump … 9'8" broad jump … 4.18 20-yard shuttle … 11.96 60-yard shuttle … 7.2 three-cone drill.

High School

Attended Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach David Wilson … Played cornerback and wide receiver for one of the state's top prep programs, as Lincoln won Florida Class 4A State Championships in 1999 and 2001 … Earned Super Prep All-American and was the No. 21 defensive back in the nation, according to that recruiting service … Rated the eighth-best defensive back in the Southeast by Prep Star and earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and first-team Class 4A All-State and All-Big Bend honors as a senior … Selected to play in the Cali-Florida All-Star Game … Recorded 70 tackles, intercepted a team-leading six passes and had 18 pass breakups, in addition to catching 27 passes for 268 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … Had 85 tackles (45 solos), seven interceptions and broke up 10 passes on defense, in addition to grabbing six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns on offense as a junior … Graduated with a 3.2 grade point average.

Personal

English major … Son of Brenda and Greg Threat … Born Henry Gregory Threat, Jr., on 10/07/83 … Resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

 
 

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