Report: Colts Have Worked Out SDSU OG Darrell Greene
According to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts have recently worked out San Diego State offensive guard Darrell Greene:
The 6’3″, 321 pound offensive lineman started the final 7 games of his senior season after being initially suspended along with four other teammates for the first 6 games because of positive tests for marijuana.
Prior to the suspension, Greene had started in 25 straight games at right guard and was coming off a 2014 Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection as a junior.
While Greene will ultimately have to answer to questions regarding his maturity, he’s still regarded as an NFL caliber offensive guard:
Currently, he’s projected to be a mid-round NFL draft pick by many draft experts (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"Feb 26, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Dakota State Bisons offensive lineman Joe Haeg (20) squares off in a drill against San Diego State Darrell Greene (19) during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsSOURCES TELL US“He got clipped by the NCAA for the weed, but he’s not considered a bad kid in that building at all. They go to bat for him over there.” — West Coast area scout"
"NFL COMPARISONShaq MasonBOTTOM LINEStocky, prototypical right guard with the power to unclog running lanes and help a rushing attack looking to dominate with the physical over the finesse. Greene lacks the length NFL teams usually look for but his tremendous power could be an offset. His NCAA suspension for drugs will be heavily vetted before teams decide to pull the trigger on Greene, but the power and NFL ability is there."
It goes without saying, but the Colts could clearly use some help along the offensive line. Specifically, the team’s interior offensive line, which was said to be “a focal point” earlier this offseason by head coach Chuck Pagano.
Last year’s starter Hugh Thornton has failed to solidify the starting right guard position, as he’s been marred by both injuries and inconsistency. The team could use an upgrade or at least another quality interior offensive lineman to challenge Thornton for the starting job.
Right or wrong, the Colts view proven backup Joe Reitz more as an invaluable “swing-tackle” than starting offensive lineman, so next year’s starting right guard may have to be brought in out-of-house entirely.
Greene is an intriguing offensive guard prospect, who could make a great deal of sense for the Colts in the mid-late rounds of this year’s NFL Draft.