Iowa’s Shonn Greene declares for NFL Draft

Thanks in large part to Shonn Greene’s three touchdowns, the Iowa Hawkeyes dominated South Carolina 31-10 in Thursday’s Outback Bowl. The win will be the last one for Greene in a Hawkeye uniform, because the 2008 Doak Walker Award winner has decided to forgo his senior season at Iowa and enter the NFL draft.

Built ideally at 5’11/235, Greene took home the Doak Walker Award in 2008 and eclipsed 100 rushing yards in every game as a junior to set the school’s single-season record with 1,850 on 307 carries. Having started for one season at Iowa, Greene has fresh legs and late first-round pick potential for next April’s draft. Springs workouts will be key for Greene because he is not known as a burner. He also has very little experience as a pass catcher.

NFL teams would be wise not to judge Grenne mostly on his 40-time because this kid can flat out play. He’s a strong runner and depending on his draft status, he’ll likely be a steal for a team come April. He would have definitely been one of the leading candidates to win the Heisman had he returned for his senior season.

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