Inside Look at Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green with Exclusive Quotes
If you are not a die-hard college football fan or a draft aficionado, chances are good that you have never heard of Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green.
Green never received the national spotlight as a college athlete, playing in the Sun Belt Conference, the least prominent of all of the conferences in the Football Bowl Subdivision. But as Green prepares to take the next step to the National Football League, he could be on the cusp of really making a name for himself.
In recent years, the tight end position has evolved from being strictly an in-line blocker and inside receiver to the modern prototype for the position, where stars are often former basketball players. At 6’6’’ and 237 pounds, while possessing tremendous athleticism for his size, Green fits that prototype.
I spoke with Ladarius Green on Saturday to find out more about the draft prospect and the draft process.
Green ranks third among my tight end positional rankings, receiving a third-round grade, with which he could easily end up being worth a second-round draft pick. Green rates behind Clemson’s Dwayne Allen and Georgia’s Orson Charles, but when asked where he would rank himself among this year’s tight ends, he believes that he is “as good as any of them."
Green participated in last month’s Senior Bowl, where he had a very good week, which vaulted him into the top three of the tight end rankings. Green felt that he performed well at the Senior Bowl, and he enjoyed the experience of “being out there with a lot of great players” and “the atmosphere of being around NFL coaches."
The next step for Green is this weekend’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, where he will be taking the field with the tight end group on Saturday. Green described his training in preparation for the combine as “intense”.
Green listed determination and athleticism as the greatest assets he brings to an NFL team.
“I just want to be there, I want to be the best," he added.
Green’s combination of size, athleticism, and big-play ability draw him comparisons to many of the biggest playmakers at tight end in the NFL. Green said that he could not compare himself to any NFL tight ends, “because they’re all great, and that’s why they’re in the NFL right now."
As Green looks ahead to April’s draft, he is rightful in his beliefs that he is among the best tight ends in the 2012 draft class, and that he has the potential to be one of the best at his position in the NFL.
He currently rates as the No. 52 prospect on my overall rankings for the 2012 draft, and is among the players I expect to stand out at the combine. If he lives up to those expectations and stars among the tight ends in Indianapolis, he will have a great possibility of being a second-round draft pick.
Asked if he had a preference as to which NFL team he would like to be drafted by, Green said that he wants to play for “any team that picks me, because I just want to be there and be able to say that I played in the NFL and had the chance to give it my all, but it doesn’t really matter what team it play for."
Green is determined to excel at the next level, and is going into the draft process with an open mind and a great attitude. As the tight ends take the field on Saturday at the scouting combine, keep a close eye on Green, as he attempts to put on a great showing for the NFL scouts, coaches, and executives, and continue his rise up the board in the 2012 NFL draft.
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This is the first of five articles featuring exclusive interview quotes from NFL draft prospects that I interviewed this past weekend. Check back all week long for more!