Rookie Watch: Despite Hip Surgery, Green Has Valuable O-Line Versatility

(Editor's Note: With the offseason practices now complete, the Cowboys will take some downtime before departing for training camp on July 28. Until then, let's focus on some of the more unknown rookies on this team, fighting for a roster spot. Today's featured player is offensive tackle Chaz Green

Name: Chaz Green
Position: Offensive Tackle
College: Florida
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 314
Acquired: Draft (3rd Round, 91st overall)

Jersey Number: 79

Collegiate Career:A team captain, Green battled through injuries for most of collegiate career, starting in 30 of 50 games played. He did show some versatility to play both guard and tackle, and started games on both sides at tackles. Last year, after missing all of 2013 with a preseason injury, Green returned to play on the right side for nine games but had two starts on the left. In 2011, Green was a Freshman All-American after starting nine games.[embeddedad0]

Did You Know?Green was one of the top-rated players in the country coming out of high school in 2010, highlighted by a No. 6 ranking among offensive lineman by Rivals.com. Green's recruitment included Ohio State, Georgia, USC and Tennessee.

2105 Outlook:Immediately after the draft, Green was the highest-profiled lineman in the Cowboys' class of 2015, but that changed when La'el Collins was signed. Still, the versatile rookie will be used at both guard and tackle. He was making solid progress in the OTAs before needing offseason hip surgery, which could limit his time during training camp. He has a chance to be placed on PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) that could sideline him for the first six weeks of the season. When healthy, Green has a chance to move into the role of a swing tackle, with his experience on both sides of the line and then perhaps working in a future starter.

Scout's Take:

  • Will struggle to sustain the block. Tends to catch more than push.
  • Extends his hands. Tries to muscle his man.
  • Can drive his man down inside.
  • Will get stalemated at times.
  • Plays on his feet, but there are snaps when he gets a little over extended. Feet can be good in pass protection.

 – Bryan Broaddus

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