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Green Bay Packers draft profile: Hawaii RB Alex Green

Apr. 29, 2011
 

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“The thing I do best is catching the ball out of the backfield. After that, I feel I can get down field quickly, get to the hole quickly and hit the hole hard.”
— Alex Green

“For his size, there weren’t many guys coming out in the draft that can run like he can. Watching him on film, he really stuck out in that he got hit a couple times down field — big hits — and he popped right back up, and ran to the huddle. The offense rallied around him. I think they appreciate his toughness, they appreciate his explosiveness and he’s a good kid.”
— Jerry Fontenot, Packers running backs coach

“He was a big horse. When you watch him on tape, he’s an impressive player. They run him from the spread, so the things we’re going to do is going to be a little bit different, but we like guys who are comfortable out in space and can come out, and run it out of the backfield. I think he’s going to be a good addition to our group.”
— Ted Thompson, Packers general manager

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Position: Running back

School: Hawaii

Height, weight: 6-0¼, 225 pounds

Age: 21

Measurables: 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash. … 1.56 10-yard dash. … 2.58 20-yard dash. … 4.29 20-yard shuttle. … 7.09 three-cone drill. … 31-inch vertical jump. … 9-5 broad jump. … 340-pound bench press. … 480-pound squat. … 31¾-inch arm length. … 9 1/8-inch hands.

Highlights: In 2010, Green became just the seventh player in Hawaii history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark and the first since Travis Sims in 1992. The feat is even more impressive considering the Warriors boasted the nation’s No. 1 ranked aerial offense (394.29 ypg) and threw the ball 66.74 percent of the time. … In two years at Hawaii, Green ranks 12th all-time at the school with 1,652 yards rushing. … He placed second behind Travis Sims on the school’s season-record chart with 1,199 rushing yards in 2010. … Played in 27 games at Hawaii, starting his final 14 contests at tailback. … Carried 232 times for 1,652 yards (7.12 ypc) and 20 touchdowns. … Recorded 38 receptions for 461 yards (12.13 ypc) and two touchdowns. … Accumulated 2,130 all-purpose yards on 271 plays (7.86 avg), averaging 78.89 yards per game. … Started all 14 games and led the team with 1,199 yards and 18 touchdowns on 146 carries (8.21 ypc). … Produced 49 first-down runs on 146 attempts (33.56 percent). … Shattered Pete Wilson’s Hawaii record (270 vs. Brigham Young in 1950) with 327 rushing yards versus New Mexico State in 2010. Tied Jamal Farmer’s school season-record (1989) with 18 rushing touchdowns in 2010.

Strengths: Thickly built and well-proportioned. Has good feet and competitive speed to accelerate when he breaks through the line. Very agile for his size. Capitalized on increased carries and gained more than eight yards per carry as a senior. Has soft hands. Can stick his foot in the ground and turn upfield quickly.

Weaknesses: Ball control has been an issue – fumbled eight times in 271 touches his final two seasons. Runs upright and is not powerful. Can be more physical as a blocker. Only a one-year producer and numbers are inflated by a pass-happy “pistol” offense featuring wide splits against porous WAC defenses. Was never asked to handle a heavy workload. Could take time adapting to a pro playbook.

Noteworthy: Sociology major. … Born and resides in Portland, Oregon. … All-Western Athletic Conference second-team selection. … Recipient of Hawaii Warrior Club honors. … Earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors versus Utah State and New Mexico State. … Like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green is a product of Butte Community College. With Butte in 2007, he was the team’s second-leading rusher as a true freshman. He collected 519 yards and three touchdowns on 105 carries (4.95 ypc).

— Weston Hodkiewicz, whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com. Strengths and weaknesses according to Pro Football Weekly

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