Prospect Profiles: Ladarius Green

LADARIUS GREEN, TE, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-6, 230, 4.53

SCOUTING REPORTS:

National Football Post:

A tall, drink of water with a long set of limbs, a leaner frame and a lot of growth potential. Plays all over the Louisiana-Lafayette offense as he lines up with his hand on the ground as an “on the line Y”, as a slot receiver and at the H-back position. Doesn’t look real natural sitting into his stance when asked to block in the run game. Seems to roll his hips into contact, unbuckle at the waist and doesn’t generate much “pop” or explosion into contact. Is a long armed kid who has good initial quickness when trying to get around blocks and seal. However, he struggles with leverage and will drop his head down into contact, bend at the waist and lose balance easily causing him to fall off blocks. Does a better job as an H-back when asked to pull from the weak side. Is a solid move guy who takes solid angles into contact and can seal, but lacks the type of power to create a “pop” and move defenders off the ball. Has the most potential lined-up in the slot where he can use his big frame to get into and seal corners from the action.

Showcases surprisingly good initial quickness for a big man when coiled up into his stance on the line. Exhibits the ability to work the jab to create some space when trying to beat a bump, keeps pad level down and has a burst to his game vertically down the field. Is at his best when running down the seam and tracking the football. Runs well for his size, looks like a mid 4.6 type player who can eat up the cushion quickly and use his length to go get the football. Is very coordinated when asked to attack the throw at its highest point. Extends his arms well, is a natural plucker who can adjust and routinely come down with the catch. Is a consistent red zone threat because of it.

However, is still developing as a route runner. Doesn’t do a great job changing directions. Runs upright and struggles to maintain balance out of his breaks. Routinely is forced to gear down and chop his feet on shapely breaking routes and doesn’t generate a burst out of his breaks causing him to struggle to separate underneath. Is at his best just working the shallow crossers, but doesn’t look sudden enough to separate vs. man. Uses his body well to get in between the ball and defender and likes to be physical down the field, get into defenders and use his length to subtly create space. However, looks more like a linear athlete only who is going to be limited in the routes he can run at the next level.

Impression: He’s a big slot guy who can make plays down the seam and can release off the line. However, he’s not an in-line blocker and doesn’t play well in tight areas vs. man. He has tools to be productive in the pass game, but there are limitations and you need to be creative to get the most out of him.

Pro Football Weekly:

Upside:

• Big, secure hands
• Terrific body length
• Seam-stretching speed
• Good ball skills and leaping ability
• Plucks the ball with ease — wide radius
• Willing move blocker

Downside:

• Lacks strength, mass and power to anchor
• Knocked off routes and jammed too easily
• Not a clean route runner — gears to cut
• Too leggy — not sudden after the catch
• Marginal competition

The Way We See It:

A developmental, small-school tight end lacking the mass needed to factor in the run game. Has upside to be groomed into a receiving threat but is far from a finished product and still has a long ways to go.

NFL’s Future:

Strengths: Ladarius Green is a long limbed, lean athlete that is a natural plucker of the ball. He shows good body control and attacks the ball at its highest point. He runs well for his size with above-average straight-line speed. He can play multiple positions including Slot, TE, and H-back. He’s a much better blocker on the move and can seal. Could be a redzone threat with his length and body control.

Weaknesses: Green struggles as an in-line blocker. He pops straight up on the snap and lacks to strength to move defenders. His route running leaves a bit to be desired as he’s leggy and doesn’t change directions well. He can’t get in and out of breaks well or with any burst because he’s so linear. A slow twitched athlete with long speed and no burst.

Bottom Line: Green has some upside as a Joker/move TE in the NFL who can play in the vertical game on the seam. His in-line blocking is a liability and will require teams to create around him. He could be a major weapon in the redzone and in specific packages but needs some solid coaching and work on blocking.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Ladarius Green is a tall, lanky tight end prospect. More of a “Joker” tight end, in that he doesn’t have the strength to block but can be dangerous as a receiver. Can be lined up all over, slot, wherever. Catches well. Can get up the seam. Obviously his lack of bulk hurts him and he may never be able to function as a blocker. But in a creative offense, he can be a weapon. Is he a fit for the Giants? Depends. Obviously, he won’t block, but he can be used in a lot of ways. Of course, we know that the Giants aren’t the most creative. That said, I think the Giants have to adapt to the changing nature of the NFL. It’s moving towards these move tight ends. Green fits that prototype. Yes, he has work to do, and will have to bulk up, no matter what. But as a strictly receiving tight end weapon, could be effective. Middle rounds. Couldn’t hurt to take a flier on him.

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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Ladarius Green”

  1. Sonny Mooks says:

    Someone correct me if I am wrong (and I’m not), but the Giants have Mike Pope coaching the Tight Ends, thats the best TE coach in the NFL today, is there really any doubt what a Coach like Pope could do with a talent like this ?

    This kid screams Star, he is a unique talent, I hope the Giants grab him, he could be a beast, and with Mike Pope, the odds of him hitting his potential, would be very very good.

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