- Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene is the type of athletic, fast, sideline to sideline linebacker that teams covet in today’s NFL as more and more running quarterbacks enter the league.
- Greene gave his thoughts on that and how he fits into the league and much more.
How many meetings have you had so far?
I can’t remember, man. But with the way everything was going, I can’t really remember. I know I went in there almost 9 o’clock and didn’t leave until 11, when they stopped.
How about the transition from defensive end?
It came about when I signed my letter of intent. Coach Schiano told me the bigger I got the closer I’d get to the ball. He basically held true. My redshirt-sophomore year, I was 228 playing safety, 225-228 that season. And coach brought me down in springtime and said, ‘We want to get some speed in different areas of the defense, so we’re thinking about moving you to Will and moving a different guy to safety.’ At first, I was kind of selfish because I really liked playing safety. So I was like iffy about it. But we came to an agreement. Coach told me to try it for a week. And after the second day I fell in love with it. It was a blessing in disguise for me to go back to linebacker and play linebacker in college.
Defenses in this league are desperate for linebackers that can cover with the advent of all these spread offenses. Can you see it now as a blessing?
Definitely. I don’t know where I’d be right now if I stayed at safety. I don’t know if the opportunity to contribute in the way that I did at Rutgers would have come about. But I’m definitely blessed and I’m glad coach Schiano saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and made the switch.
Are teams seeing you as that Will backer?
Yeah. I’ve talked to a lot of teams, playing Will. Playing inside in the 3-4, so I mean I’d just rather do well this week and see how the draft goes. I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited about it.
In a 4-3, can you play Sam also?
I could play anything. If a coach told me to punt the ball, I’d learn how to do it, just to be successful and make a team. I can see myself playing Sam, Mike, Will — whatever coach needs me to do or wants me to do, I’m going to work my hardest to be the best at it.
There are bigger linebackers. How can you as a former safety, can you alleviate concerns that you can take the pounding in the NFL with linemen coming after you?
Yeah, I feel I can take the pounding. At the same time, I’m fast. So lineman will have to catch me or get up to me. It’s not about one guy. I will have teammates. I’ve played linebacker for the last two years. I’ve played against some really big boys — 120-plus tackles for two seasons. I take care of my body. I’ll be able to take anything that’s coming for me.
Do you get any indication the NFL teams see you as a 3-4 or 4-3 guy?
Nah, I don’t have any indications. Teams ask me what scheme I play in and then they ask me if I can play in this? or Do I see myself playing inside. I see myself doing whatever a team wants me to do. Whether that’s inside, outside, Will, whatever position it is, I can see myself playing. I think it helps me from the fact that I have coverage skills, that’s something that just comes natural to me. I can work on my coverage skills, but they’re definitely there already. It’s not something I have to work hard to develop or anything like that.
What did you measure in at?
6-0 — 241 pounds.
- The Rams could use help at OLB, particularly in the NFC West where they take on Kaepernick and Wilson four times a year. They got great production from Jo-Lonn Dunbar last year but they could use another speedy OLB who can play sideline to sideline. Greene projects as a WIL back, the spot Dunbar played last year but it wouldn’t a stretch to see them grab a player like Greene in round 2 and slide Dunbar over to SLB. I’ll have more on these LBs in a story for the homepage later today.
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