Dre Greenlaw NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for San Francisco 49ers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

Arkansas defensive back Dre Greenlaw warms up before playing Tulsa in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
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STRENGTHS

—When locked in, he's involved in almost every play.

—Hustle and athleticism help him compete every down and will translate to NFL.

—Solid overall coverage player and even better man-coverage skills, where true athleticism shows up.

—Balanced and smooth athlete who plays with speed and control.

                 

WEAKNESSES

—Tackling concerns tied to both consistency in technique and power through contact.

—Doesn't show refined technique to stack out offensive linemen and disengage.

—Hops, dips and bends around blocks too often, effectively taking himself out of plays.

—Lacks NFL frame and will struggle to compete against NFL-caliber size and physicality.

                 

OVERALL

Dre Greenlaw was a four-year starter for the Razorbacks and comes with the movement skills of a former safety. He has the kind of athleticism that screams "Will" linebacker, but he lacks any counterpunch when engaged with offensive linemen. Greenlaw is too comfortable dancing around blocks and will struggle to compete physically in the NFL if his play style doesn't improve while he develops functional strength. Greenlaw's best bet is to land somewhere as a coverage backer that provides special teams value while he builds his body to compete against professionals.

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GRADE: 5.35 (ROUND 6 - BACKUP CALIBER) 

PRO COMPARISON: Deone Bucannon

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