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Draft INSIGHT: EDGE Jonathan Greenard

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Browns could use some depth at the defensive end position

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While the Browns need quality depth at the defensive end, Florida’s Jonathan Greenard would become an instant asset with the 74th pick in the third-round. He is not bigger than most offensive tackles but has a quick burst and a great first step coming off the edge which allows him to make up footage very quickly. Played three seasons at Louisville before transferring. He is the fourth-ranked defensive end in this year’s class.

Specifics:

College: Florida

Height: 6’-3”

Weight: 263 pounds

40-time: 4.87

Career Tackles: 123

Career Forced Fumbles: 4

Career Sacks: 19

Career Tackles for Loss: 38.5

Career starts: 33

Positives:

  • Excellent point of attack defender
  • Hustler
  • Will become a special teams ace
  • Quick yet not fast
  • Outstanding in run support
  • Shows great recognition of screen plays
  • Has several good moves to swipe or rip
  • First Team All-SEC 2019
  • A four-time Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week honoree

Negatives:

  • Needs to play more with length
  • Is quick off the edge but not explosive
  • Not a good hand fighter with larger OT’s
  • Not the most agile athlete
  • Can be pushed deep into the pocket at times

Expert Draft Site Analysis

NFL.com

Greenard was a first-team All-SEC selection after leading the Gators with 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in 12 starts, while also posting 52 total tackles, an interception, four pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. Decided to transfer from Louisville to Florida as a graduate student once Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino was fired. The 2018 team captain showed great promise in 2017, leading the Cards in tackles for loss (15.5 among 48 total stops) and sacks (seven) and starting five of 13 games played. Greenard started once as a redshirt freshman (in the Citrus Bowl against LSU), accumulating 22 tackles, seven for loss, two sacks, one interception, and two pass breakups in 11 appearances.

The Browns need quality depth at defensive end. Would you take Jonathan Greenard in the third-round?