Running back Derrick Green is one of the more intriguing recruits in this year’s class. A 4-star recruit and the fifth-best running back prospect in the country, according to 247sports.com.
Watch to see which NFL player compares favorably with Green.
A big, powerful running back (6’0", 220 lbs) out of Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia, Green is a bruiser that is difficult to tackle and ready to burst onto the national scene at the next level.
Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Green rushed for 2,293 yards and 30 touchdowns—not too shabby.
Built like a tank, Green uses his thick, powerful legs and natural power to attack the hole, accelerating quickly thanks to his 4.58 40-yard dash time.
While he doesn’t have exceptional lateral movement, Green has shown the ability to cutback sharply and avoid tacklers, though his preference is to square up a defender and run through him.
Even when he bounces outside of the tackles, Green plants quickly and gets squared up to the defense as soon as he’s got the edge.
He follows his blocks well and has shown the burst needed to get through tight seams and into the second level of the defense quickly.
Green uses his power and aggression well, breaking through most tackles and dragging those that he can’t shake downfield, always moving his legs and picking up extra yardage, even when he’s being tackled—Green is always moving forward.
While his north/south running style makes him better suited for a Power or Iso game, Green is a capable receiver out of the backfield and he certainly has the size to stay in and pick up the blitz on passing downs.
Power-running offenses that utilize a workhorse back were designed for players like Green.
Whether it's as the featured back or in a short-yardage situation, Green has the talent and ability to step in and make an immediate impact as a freshman.
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