Jonathan Greenard 2020 NFL Draft Profile

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Jonathan Greenard Overview

Position: EDGE
Height: 6’-3”
Weight: 263 pounds
School: University of Florida

NFL Combine Performance Data

40-Yard Dash: 4.87 seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 30.5”
Broad Jump: 113.0”
3 Cone Drill: 7.13 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.34 seconds

Jonathan Greenard 2020 NFL Draft Profile

After finishing his lone season with the Florida Gators as a graduate transfer, Jonathan Greenard has set his focus on the NFL. The 2019 season was his first year playing after a wrist injury put him on the sideline for all of 2018. Greenard made the most of his last year of college ball. He posted 53 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and an interception. His strong year earned him recognition as part of the First-Team All SEC for the 2019 season.

Although Greenard finished his college career as a Gator, he started out as a member of the Louisville Cardinals. He red-shirted his freshman year of 2015. He did well enough during his red-shirt freshman year to earn an increased role for the 2017 season. That year saw him post 48 total tackles with 15.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and a forced fumble. Greenard only played in one defensive series in the 2018 season, as he broke his wrist badly in that series. Greenard didn’t let his injury end his playing career. He used the extra time not playing football to finish his degree early so that he could transfer to Florida and showcase his skills one last year before entering the NFL Draft.

Strengths

  • Good bend at the waist to get around blocks;
  • Strong work ethic, on and off the field;
  • Nice length for an edge rusher, with combine measurables of 34 7/8” arms;
  • Ample knowledge of blocking schemes which allows him to react quickly;
  • A solid tackler with the awareness to rip the football away;
  • Improving chop move to shed blockers.

Weaknesses

  • Limited playing time due to injury makes him somewhat of a raw prospect;
  • Lack of initial explosiveness off the edge;
  • His strength and size need to catch up with his technique to add power to his game;
  • Disappointing burst to quarterback after shedding blockers;
  • Lateral mobility is suspect, at times he loses the point of attack.

NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs

Teams With Need at Position: Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Projection: Round 2-3

Bottom Line on Jonathan Greenard

Although Greenard is an unfinished prospect due to injury, he has the tools to excel in the NFL. He has dealt with adversity and constantly proves that he’s willing to push forward despite obstacles. The soon to be 23 year old was a dynamic piece of the Florida defense in their 2019 top ten campaign. He projects to be a day two selection with a lot of upside. Greenard is likely to start out in a rotational role as an edge defender, but should gain starting snaps in his first few years.

Greenard’s biggest hurdle is the amount of playing time he had in college. Due to injury, he played three seasons of college ball and started one full season. Because of those factors, some of his technique needs to be refined. According to the Draft Network, his football IQ is a work in progress, but he’s got enough of a foundation to build upon. With Greenard’s sound work ethic, he has the ability to develop into a disruptive force on the field.

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