The Eagles clearly have an underwhelming wide receiver group on paper. While the team recently signed Miles Austin, his days of starting are likely over and Riley Cooper still isn't consistent enough to earn major snaps.
With those veterans likely on the decline, it may make sense to team Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff with a rookie. Florida State's Rashad Greene comes from a successful program where he flourished under two different starting quarterbacks who have or will play on NFL Sundays.
A four-star recruit from South Florida powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas, Greene committed to FSU in 2011. As a true freshman, Greene led the Seminoles with 38 catches for 596 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, despite suffering an Achilles injury that cost him four games. As a sophomore, Greene recovered from his injuries and played all 14 games while hauling in 57 receptions for 741 yards and six touchdowns.
As a junior, Greene was a steady target for Jameis Winston. He was named to the All-ACC first team as he helped FSU win a National Championship. He collected 76 catches for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns. He repeated his All-ACC first team honors last season as he led the Seminoles with 99 receptions for 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns.
Greene finished his career with the school record in receptions (270) and receiving yards (3,830).
Weight: 182 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 5/8"
Hands: 9 inches
40: 4.53 sec.
Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches
Broad Jump: 122 inches
3 Cone: 6.88 sec
Shuttle: 4.12 sec
Greene has great hands and is a "clean" catcher of the football. He can be used in the slot or on the outside and is willing to go across the middle despite his size. He was a constant target for both E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston and handled that role without issue. He is a willing blocker and will finish his blocks. He developed an excellent rhythm with Winston and that he likely could duplicate at the next level. Despite his average speed, he is able to get open with relative ease and has good vision after the catch.
Greene is a small guy and there is no way around that. It is fair to wonder if he will be able to take the punishment of being a slot receiver in the NFL. He is sort of good at everything but there isn't really a part of his game that you would say is uniquely special. He isn't all that aggressive as a pass catcher, which is a problem at his size. He also doesn't possess the type of speed you'd desire at his height and weight.
Greene is a high character player with good technique and the ability to get open with crisp routes. He would likely fit in well with Chip Kelly and the Eagles. His opportunity with Philadelphia would likely come if the team passed on a first round receiver as Greene is more of a Day 2 prospect. That said, he could serve as a good rotational receiver with Huff and Cooper as a rookie and allow Matthews to handle the majority of the load at the position.