TJ Green- SS/OLB Clemson

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The Clemson Three Part Four.

By TOM

He is the top riser in the Draft. He is second player I vastly underrated after Rankins. In 2014 he  needed to learn technique. "When you’re out there and you make a mistake, it’s just a bad feeling," Green said. "Even if nobody saw it. You don’t want to be that guy on film. When you go back and watch it, and be the one who messed up to cause the team [to now win]." So he started studying film.

He learned he could transfer what he saw on Tape to the field. "I just feel like last year was a reality check for me," Green said. "I came in a few games and busted a couple plays up. It really got to me that I need to come in and watch film. This whole summer, I was coming in on my off days and watching back whole games to see what I need to improve on." He was recruited to Clemson as a WR, and actually caught two passes in as a true Freshman. However, he soon switched over to Safety. Which was a whole new world for him. He really didn't know what he was doing in 2013:

2013: Had two receptions and three kickoff returns for 60 yards in 147 snaps over 12 games ... had eight special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team ... had one reception and an 18-yard kickoff return against SC State on Sept. 7; it was his first career game ... had a four-yard reception against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had a 24-yard kickoff return against Boston College on Oct. 12 ... had a team-high three special teams tackles against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had an 18-yard kickoff return at No. 9 South Carolina on Nov. 30.

He spent the off season in the film room. "All by himself," Clemson DC Brent Venables said. "He doesn’t care who knows. He’s coming in to watch film. He's showing up in June on a Saturday night when nobody else is around. He called a couple buddies, but they weren’t willing to come. He didn't care. He’s coming in to do the work. That’s what you get with this guy." He was mostly a special team guy in 2014. Which also means he is guaranteed to make a roster, even if it's just as a special teams maven:

2014: Had 24 tackles, one interception and 21 kickoff returns for a team-high 445 yards in 159 snaps over 11 games (one start) ... eighth in the ACC in yards per kickoff return (21.2) ... had five kickoff returns for a game-high 107 yards at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had four tackles in 26 snaps and a 12-yard kickoff return against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had a 23-yard kickoff return against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had two tackles in 15 snaps and an 18-yard kickoff return against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had three tackles in five snaps and three kickoff returns for 66 yards against Louisville on Oct. 11 ... had eight tackles in 45 snaps and three kickoff returns for 51 yards at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had two kickoff returns for 44 yards against Syracuse on Oct. 25 ... had two kickoff returns for 44 yards at Wake Forest on Nov. 6 ... had one tackle in 26 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15; it was his first career start ... had two tackles and an interception in 18 snaps along with a 26-yard kickoff return against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2015:

He was a different player in 2015. He garnered 95 Tackles, 2 FF, and 5.5 TFL. "Last year was a big year for his development," Dabo Swinney said.. "Had a lot to learn as a safety. He has studied and improved. We don’t have a better athlete on the team. He just had a lot to learn." You'd still like to see him play the ball in the air like a WR. But he is a one year wonder who really only played Safety for one season his whole life.

He is a freak size-speed athlete, who worked himself into a legit SS/OLB last season. "People want to put that card in the ATM and complain about the results they didn’t get, for the work they didn’t do," Venerable said. "That’s the world we live in. T.J. wants to put in the work to have that kind of success." If a guy with his elite athleticism puts in the work, he can be a star. 

He is still far from a finished product, but you can see that he is an ascending player. "Last year was a big year for his development," Dabo Swinney said. "Had a lot to learn as a safety. He has studied and improved. We don’t have a better athlete on the team. He just had a lot to learn." By the time the Champ game came around, he was one the best players on defense for Clemson.

Game Tape:

A little high hipped and long legged. He can track the ball and adjusts well to it in the air. He caught every ball in the gauntlet. He has some tight hips in transition. He has the size and speed. He looks like he could play linebacker on passing downs in the NFL. He can be explosive moving forward. He has some nice outside speed, and it is tough for an RB to beat him to the Corner.

He is a freak. There are not a lot of guys who can play against the run in the Box, and then has the speed to play Cover One on the next play. Very impressive athletic talent. He also is a Gunner on punts and kick offs, and with his size and speed he could be a great one in the NFL.

He does a good job zone dropping and angling with the QB's eyes. It is amazing how he can get a TFL in the backfield, and then be back in Cover One as the last line of defense. That is the kind of coverage LB/FS all teams need.

He looks like an elite linebacker when covering in the box. He can run down the RB sprinting down the sideline. Great timing with hits. He can hit the receiver right as the ball arrives. When he hits guys they move instantly in the other direction. He offers a ton of versatility to NFL teams that need more and more versatility in pass defense every year.

Oklahoma: Nice ball skills. Nice blitzer off the edge when he goes unblocked. He looks like a linebacker when he is on the line. He has such a great reach in coverage. The receiver can be a step behind him, and he leaps up with those long arms and snags the ball. Likes to dive into RBs' legs.

Miami: For a tall guy he can really find his way through traffic well. Makes plays with the ball in the air. Does a nice job protecting the endzone. Great athlete. Nice hitter. He can crash into the tight end and send him sideways. He does a nice job meeting the RB in the hole. He will get over aggressive sometimes coming up to get the RB, and get sealed by the tight end.

ND: Finds the RB's legs in traffic very well. Plays a lot of Cover Two. They move him around a lot, but they like to play him in cover two early. Great burst right off the snap moving forward. I like how this kid moves on the field. He'll play in the box on 1st and 2nd down, and then step back and play Cover One. He will play a lot of Zone in the Box like a linebacker.

Alabama: He lined up in Cover Two on one play, and then as the Will in the next. Slides laterally nicely when at the Will to get in front of the RB and stick a shoulder into him. I think a lot of teams have to be looking at this kid as a great coverage Will, who can step up and find the RB in traffic as well. He can run with the tight end in coverage across the middle. He will miss angles sometimes when he gets over aggressive.

TJ Green Vs Alabama 2015:

It is just so amazing how he can line up as a Cover Two safety, and then step into the box as the Sam, and stuff the big RB trying to turn the Corner, and there is no bigger RB than Henry (1:26). Then he is back in Cover Two on the next play, and goes and gets Henry as he turns the corner and starts rumbling down the sideline (1:37). But he gets too aggressive coming up to stop him, and gets sealed outside.

Okay this is what I'm talking about. He comes up to stop Henry, and then he is in Cover One (1:59). Then back in the box to stop the run like a Will (2:05). Watch the COD as he reads the reverse, and then the pop by the FB. He will get over aggressive and not see blockers who come up and take him out of the play (2:50). Then in Cover One right off the screen (3:00). He has that knack for finding the RB in traffic (3:08). See. He gets in front of Drake and keeps him out of the endzone (3:23). That was a great play for a FS playing linebacker on the goal line.

Sometimes it is hard to believe he is a safety. He makes two nice physical plays in the run game shoving off blockers, and then drops back into Cover One (4:16). Just finds the RB in traffic. It is amazing sometimes (4:28). He gets over aggressive in the Zone. He plays it like an LB and not a safety, but that is what he was coached to do (5:05). This is why I think he can be a linebacker, watch him come up and meet the big RB in the hole (5:25). Then he shows his range in Cover Two (5:40). There is no guy like him in the Draft.

He gets beat by the WR deep, but that really isn't bad coverage for a deep safety (6:14). Making a play in Cover Two on the goal line (6:56). Cover One on the wrong side of the field. He gets all the way over as the last line of defense and prevents the TD (8:53). He doubles the WR coming across the middle, and then finds the scrambling QB in traffic to stop the TD (9:09). He meets Henry in the air and stops the TD for a third straight time. That is as tough as it gets. Watch how he knocks Henry sideways (9:19). Then he does it again. Henry spins and looks like he is going to fall into the endzone. Green smashes him back again to prevent them from getting a TD again (9:39). He really is one tough dude.

Green Vs Alabama 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-I2OyngJ4o  

 

 

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Green's Official Bio:

Junior who has seen most of his action on special teams, but has been a valuable backup as a safety ... moved from wide receiver to safety after the 2013 season ... has 32 tackles, one interception and 24 kickoff returns for 505 yards in 147 snaps over 11 games (one start) on defense in his career ... has two receptions in 147 snaps over 12 games on offense in his career ... joins Roderick Byers as the only active Tigers to letter on both sides of the ball.

2014: Had 24 tackles, one interception and 21 kickoff returns for a team-high 445 yards in 159 snaps over 11 games (one start) ... eighth in the ACC in yards per kickoff return (21.2) ... had five kickoff returns for a game-high 107 yards at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had four tackles in 26 snaps and a 12-yard kickoff return against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had a 23-yard kickoff return against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had two tackles in 15 snaps and an 18-yard kickoff return against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had three tackles in five snaps and three kickoff returns for 66 yards against Louisville on Oct. 11 ... had eight tackles in 45 snaps and three kickoff returns for 51 yards at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had two kickoff returns for 44 yards against Syracuse on Oct. 25 ... had two kickoff returns for 44 yards at Wake Forest on Nov. 6 ... had one tackle in 26 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15; it was his first career start ... had two tackles and an interception in 18 snaps along with a 26-yard kickoff return against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013: Had two receptions and three kickoff returns for 60 yards in 147 snaps over 12 games ... had eight special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team ... had one reception and an 18-yard kickoff return against SC State on Sept. 7; it was his first career game ... had a four-yard reception against Wake Forest on Sept. 28 ... had a 24-yard kickoff return against Boston College on Oct. 12 ... had a team-high three special teams tackles against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had an 18-yard kickoff return at No. 9 South Carolina on Nov. 30.

 

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