Raiders Prospect Profile
Name: Rasheem Green
School: University of Southern California
Weight: 275 pounds
Round Projection: 2-3
Led USC in sacks the last two season and was second in the Pac-12 last season with 10.0, Rasheem Green was a pivotal player in Southern California’s sack monster defense this past season. Green displays good burst on the edge and has great hands at the point of contact. Because of his frame, the former Serra High School star played end and tackle for Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast. That versatility could push Green into the first round for some teams.
Against the Rush
Green has great size at 6’5”, but could add some more weight if a team needs him to play defensive tackle. The 2017 Washington State game was a perfect example of that. Even though Green tallied 1.5 sacks in that matchup, he played high at times, being washed out for some big gains in the middle. Green is a very smart player though, so that technique can be corrected at the next level.
Green does not have the same frontline speed as a Bradley Chubb or Arden Key, but the former Army All American makes it up with his solid lateral movement and aggressive hands. Although he is strong and moves well, there are times when Green is bullied and disappears in stretches in games. By the same token, there is no denying his motor and pursuit of the ball in those situations.
New defensive coordinator Paul Guenther needs versatile defensive lineman. In his three years with the Bengals, Guenther has always had strong defensive line play. Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Michael Johnson were all able to move around and control the line of scrimmage. A player like Green could help in that department. Especially since Denico Autry will be a free agent this offseason and Mario Edwards still struggling to live up to his second round status, the former Trojan could be a solid pick in the second round.