Jeff Greene Interview

Jeff Greene – Wide Receiver – Senior – Ohio State


Jeff GreeneAlex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Jeff Greene:  6’5, 220, 4.5.


Alex Khvatov:  Where are you currently training for the 2016 NFL Draft?

Jeff Greene:  I am down here in Miami Gardens at Fast Twitch.


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to show scouts at your Pro Day?

Jeff Greene:  My pro day is on March 11th.  I plan on showcasing my strength, my route running and the ability to catch the ball.  I want to run a consistent 4.5 forty, along with putting up a good time in the L-drill and the shuttle.  My goal is to get 20 reps on the bench press.  I am a big body receiver who wants to show the ability to get out of my breaks quickly.


Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what schools showed interest in you?

Jeff Greene:  Georgia and Georgia Tech.  I wanted to stay close to home.  My senior year, I had broken my thump and I played with a cast.  Georgia coach wanted to see my senior film, but I couldn’t do much with a cast on.  I committed to Tech because they were more interested in me.


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you choose Georgia Tech?

Jeff Greene:  Their offense appealed to me.   Demaryius Thomas and Calvin Johnson were 1,000-yard receivers in that offense.  They had a lot of success.  I thought that I could do the same.


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you transfer to Ohio State?

Jeff Greene:  I felt like the offense wasn’t a good fit for me at Georgia Tech.  Things didn’t go exactly as planned.  It was not the right fit.  I wanted to find a new home.  My dad lived in Ohio.  He was a personal trainer there.  I had a good connection with Coach Meyer.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your overall career.

Jeff Greene:  I contributed both of those years.  I played a lot on special teams.  For the most part, I blocked for the running backs.  I was successful as a blocker. The offense was a good fit for me.  But it was more than just football.  It was positive for my career.  I learned a lot off the field.  I was always around talented guys.  The competition was great every day.


Alex Khvatov:  What was it like to be a part of a National Championship team your junior year?

Jeff Greene:  I have never done that before.  It is something you dream off.  We went through three quarterbacks.  We had a lot of ups and downs that season.  Everyone was against us.  It was crazy.  It was a great experience.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Jeff Greene:  Number one is my blocking.  I am constantly harassing the defender.  Not many receivers can block a safety and a linebacker.  My size is definitely an advantage.  I am physical with the DB’s when I am running routes.  I use my height and strength to my advantage.  I have big hands.


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?

Jeff Greene:  Just shortening up my stride when I get downfield.  I am more of a possession receiver.  I have to work on my feet and get off the line with more explosion.  I need to get in and out of my breaks like a 5’10 receiver.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your overall experience at the Tropic Bowl in Miami.

Jeff Greene:  It was a good experience.  I talked to a lot of scouts.  I talked to the Chiefs, the Browns and the Jaguars.  It was raining hard the first day of practice.  It was hard to catch the ball.  The next practice was good.  In the game, I had two or three catches.  I showed that I could compete.


Alex Khvatov:  What type of feedback did you receive from scouts?

Jeff Greene:  They told me that I use my big body well.  But I need to be more consistent catching the ball.  Mostly, it was positive feedback.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point?

Jeff Greene:  My sophomore year at (Georgia) Tech.  We played against Clemson.  They were 5th in the nation.  They had Hopkins, Boyd and Watkins.  I had a TD that game.


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Jeff Greene:  I am a Falcons fan.  I was born and raised in Atlanta.


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Jeff Greene:  Either Calvin Johnson or Demaryius Thomas.  I talked to them a lot.


Alex Khvatov:  What players on your team should we keep an eye on next season?

Jeff Greene:  WR Noah Brown broke his leg this year.  He would have been a big guy for us this year.  Also receiver Parris Campbell.


Alex Khvatov:  What makes your former teammate DE Joey Bosa so special?

Jeff Greene:  Off the field, he is a laid back, quiet dude.  But he is a disruptive player on the field.  He could have been a number one pick after his sophomore year if he was allowed to enter the draft.  His work ethic is non-stop in the weight room and during practices.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your former teammate WR Michael Thomas?

Jeff Greene:  He is consistent day in and day out.  He hardly ever dropped the ball.  He was the first to practice and the last to leave.  He was always working with the quarterbacks after practice.  He has a good work ethic as well.  He is a guy to look out for.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the most important trait for a receiver?

Jeff Greene:  Catching the ball.  It is the main thing.  You also have to position yourself and read the defense.


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Jeff Greene:  My physical traits.  Not many guys are 6’5, 220.  I am aggressive.  I have the passion for the game.

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