Rhett McGowan #25 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against Jonte Green #1 of the New Mexico State Aggies.
CB Jonte Green (New Mexico State) - Round 6, Pick No. 196
The Detroit Lions went into the 2012 NFL Draft without a sixth-round pick. Thanks to the tampering issues with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Lions were forced to forfeit their sixth-round selection. To combat this problem, the Lions picked up a sixth-round pick in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions moved down eight spots in the fourth round in order to receive the sixth-rounder, and they ultimately used the extra pick to select cornerback Jonte Green.
Bucky Brooks' take: Green is another corner the Lions will study to see if they can improve a porous secondary. He will battle for time as a backup/special teams contributor.
Positives: Athletic cornerback who's displayed a variety of skill in his game. Plays with an aggressive nature, works hard to defend the run and makes a lot of tackles up the field. Keeps the action in front of him, gets a nice jump on the throw and displays a good move to the pass. Can burst to the ball out of his plant and works to make plays. Solid return specialist who sets up blocks, finds the running lanes and quickly gets through them.
Negatives: Does not consistently play to his 40 time or show a burst. Loses opponents, blows assignments and does a lot of trailing down the field. Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks.
What he brings: Green has excellent range in coverage and he flashed above-average coverage skills, but he's too inconsistent at this point and he needs to get stronger to matchup with bigger receivers.
2009: 74 tackles
2010: 73 tackles
2011: 70 tackles, 1 FF, 2 INT
Outlook for 2012
Like Bill Bentley and Chris Greenwood, Green will be thrown into the mix at cornerback and compete for the vacant starting job opposite Chris Houston. The best-case scenario for Green seems to be for him to quickly develop into a rotational cornerback who sees playing time in certain packages. Even if that doesn't happen, at the very least expect Green to get playing time on the special teams coverage units in 2012.