In the 2023 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions snagged a promising talent with the 2nd pick in the 7th round (219 overall), selecting wide receiver Antoine Green from the University of North Carolina. Green’s exceptional speed and deep-ball capabilities make him a perfect fit to fill the void left by DJ Chark, who joined the Carolina Panthers.
A Day 3 Prospect with Upside
Though Green’s overall production and skill set may not scream superstar, his size and deep-ball prowess make him an intriguing Day 3 prospect. As a vertical specialist, he won’t easily shake man coverage on intermediate routes, but his decent hands and consistent build-up speed make him a threat downfield. Green may find himself competing for a spot on the practice squad or the back end of the roster.
Green’s College Career Highlights
Green’s journey began in Rockledge High School, Florida, as a talented multi-sport athlete four-star football recruit. He was recognized as a third-team All-ACC selection in 2022, registering 43 receptions for 798 yards and 7 touchdowns in just nine games.
Green’s Athletic Background and Strengths
Antoine Green boasts a rich athletic background, participating in football, basketball, and track & field. As one of Florida’s top sprinters, he clocked a 10.91 in the 100-meter and a 21.54 in the 200-meter. He also excelled in long jump (23-2) and triple jump (45-11 1/4).
Green’s strengths include:
- Explosive athleticism with a sprinting and long/triple jump background
- Adequate lateral footwork to release and avoid the punch
- Ability to alter early route tempo to surprise and create separation deep
- Reliable hands for short and intermediate throws
- Precise footwork near boundaries
Green’s NFL Combine Results
His NFL Combine results showcase his impressive physical profile and athleticism:
- Height: 6′ 2″
- Weight: 199 lbs
- Arm Length: 32 1/8″
- Hand Size: 9″
- 40-yard Dash: 4.47s
- Vertical Jump: 33.5″
- Broad Jump: 10′ 3″
- Short-Shuttle: 4.27s
- Three-Cone: 6.99s
A Promising Addition to the Lions’ Offense
The Detroit Lions can look forward to Antoine Green’s deep-ball expertise, outside receiver physical profile, and confident hands. His ability to sell routes on the vertical plane and force defensive backs into off-coverage will open up opportunities for the entire offense. With Green’s addition, the Lions are poised to create more explosive plays downfield, giving them an extra edge during the upcoming NFL season.
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