Broncos interested in Clemson S Green
With the draft process in full-swing, the Broncos are taking a look at the prospects that could fit with their roster. One of the holes that Denver needs to fill is the depth at Safety. Could Clemson S TJ Green fit the bill?
With just two weeks (15 days, to be exact) left before the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Broncos are making their final evaluations on prospects and as part of that process, are bringing in players for pre-draft visits. We see certain players take the headlines with these visits. Everything from Defensive Lineman to Quarterbacks have gotten the lion’s share of attention at Dove Valley, but one area of the team that shouldn’t be overlooked is in the secondary.
Yes, the dominant group affectionately known by Broncos faithful as “The No Fly Zone” is without question, the best Secondary in the NFL right now. All four starters are Pro Bowl caliber players and their top reserve (Bradley Roby) is good enough to be a #1 CB on many NFL rosters. Despite this great collection of talent, there are areas in that group that are lacking depth. To be specific, both Safety positions are in a dire need of depth.
With long time Bronco David Bruton Jr. and return specialist Omar Bolden leaving in Free Agency, the Broncos find themselves without quality depth at the position for the first time in years. It’s also important to keep in mind that mid-season acquisitions like Shiloh Keo and Josh Bush are currently Free Agents, which leaves 2015 Practice Squad player Ryan Murphy as the only reserve behind TJ Ward/Darian Stewart.
I think they will add at least one, if not two veterans at the position at some point this off-season but I believe that their best bet for finding quality depth and potential successors at the position would be in this year’s Draft. One player that has caught the Broncos eye is Clemson Safety TJ Green.
Green definitely has talent, but is raw. When he first arrived at Clemson a few years back, he actually doubled as a Wide Receiver and Kick Returner. It was easy to see why, as the 6’2, 209 lbs Green timed a 4.34 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. With that kind of size and speed, Green could have been a burner in that role. After his freshman year where he saw little playing time, the coaching staff decided to move him to Safety and the rest is history.
Green could be classified as a typical “look good in shorts” kind of prospect that you don’t know much more about for the next level. With only one year of starting experience at the position, there isn’t much tape to go off of to evaluate Green. He appears to be somewhat Green (pun intended) in regards to the skills needed for his position at the pro level, but he would be a nice developmental prospect, nonetheless.
Green certainly has the athleticism and speed necessary to be a good Special Teams player early in his career with a chance to develop into a starting Safety down the road. It’ll be interesting to see which route the Broncos take in addressing this position in the Draft, but it’s clear that Green is a player to keep tabs on for the Broncos over Draft weekend.