Draft Day Target: RB William Green

RB William Green

RB William Green, out of Boston College has been considered to be one of the premier running backs in the NFL draft this year. Will Jerry Jones pull the trigger this year on a big time running back?

Rumors continue to swirl around the Cowboys' camp in Valley Ranch as to what direction Dallas will take in the 2002 NFL Draft. The latest one has the Boys going after one of the top running backs available this year, RB William Green (6'1, 217) out of Boston College.

RB William Green (AP)
Green has already participated in the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis, and he did so with mixed results. He did very well on the bench press yesterday (27 reps) but turned in a pair of disappointing 40-times right around the 4.55 range. He then compounded the problem by not completing the workout or staying for the pass catching drills.

Last season, Green rushed for over 1,700 yards on 300 carries (5.7 yards/carry) for the Golden Eagles, as he helped lead his team to a Music Bowl win over SEC power Georgia. He has a nose for the endzone and the knack for creating the big play at the crucial moment in the game. He finished the 2001 season with an impressive 16 touchdowns.

He would evenutally go on to finish as the nation's second leading rusher and earn 1st team all Big East honors for the second consecutive year.

Green, considered to be one of the two running backs in the draft with the "total package," also has good hands out of the backfield, hauling in 25 passes for over 260 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.

Most experts describe Green as a powerful and explosive runner. He won't necessarily wow you with his speed, but he can turn on the jets once he gets into the secondary and take it the distance if given the opportunity. As an example, he had touchdown runs of 67, 67 and 58 yards last season, as well as a TD reception of over 70 yards.

As it stands now, Green is projected to go in the first round, and more than likely he'll go somewhere in the top 10 picks. "Green might be the most complete back I've seen," Cowboys director of personnel Larry Lacewell said in a recent interview. "He's a physical guy who likes to block, which shows you his temperament."

And if the Cowboys decide to draft a running back to fill the enormous shoes of Emmitt Smith, that athlete will have the chance to learn from the greatest running backs of all time. In reality, that could be the best way to go for Jerry Jones and company in this year's draft.

We'll have more on William Green and the Dallas Cowboys, as draft day draws closer.

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