The next generation of Greens are ready to take to the NFL gridiron, as Darrell’s son Jared is on his own path to the pros.
The 6-2, 200-pound receiver from Ashburn, Va. began his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, where he played for three years and earned his degree in anthropology.
He has ideal NFL size and speed (he told Aaron Wilson of Scout.com that he intends to run his 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds), but never got the opportunity to show what he can do for the Cavaliers. So after his third season of eligibility, he transferred to Southern University last season, where he hoped to get noticed by NFL scouts.
In his only season with the Jaguars, he caught 17 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Now he’s ready for the next level, which started with his appearance in the Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles (via Wilson of Scout.com):
“I think [the bowl game is] awesome…We’re staying at the Westin. We’re using great facilities and we get nice food. We got our own football cards to sign and others we got to keep. That was pretty cool, to have your own football card.”
Just like his father before him, he sounds humble enough to focus on the little things.
Courtesy of DraftNasty357Sports, here’s footage of his bowl practices, with commentary:
Green has also been detailing his path through the draft process with a diary at ProPlayerInsiders.com. The most important question on everyone’s mind is how he deals with the pressure and expectations of being Darrell Green’s son. But for Jared, it’s something that he embraces:
I haven’t gotten tired of all the questions about my dad. It comes with the territory and this is my life. I decided to play football, and if you’re Darrell Green’s son and you decide to play football, this is what comes with it. People want to know. Just like I would want to know if Kobe Bryant had a son that was playing basketball; I would ask all about Kobe. I think that it’s a privilege to be in this position.
That’s a solid answer, and a mental approach that will serve him well. He also talked briefly about himself in the third person, saying that he expects more out of Jared Green at the next level:
My whole college career has been a lot of potential, but not as much opportunity…The AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was just another opportunity to show people what I can do. Due to different things going on in a young man’s college football career, I just haven’t been able to be the Jared Green that I know I can be.
And here’s one other person with informed third-person opinions of Jared Green, Southern University head coach Stump Mitchell:
“He’s got speed. He’s got size…He wasn’t the primary receiver at Virginia, but he caught some balls, and we’re a passing offense. That was the main thing he wanted to be involved with, because he has aspirations of playing at the next level.”
Good luck in your NFL aspirations, Jared, and keep the diary posts coming.