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First-Year Profile: Nyland Green
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Over the next month, DogWatch will be looking at the Bulldogs’ incoming freshman in a new series called First Year Profile.
Today, we will look at former Newton High product Nyland Green.
Ranking: Green was the No. 71 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle, No. 4 cornerback and No. 8-ranked player in the Peach State, per the 247 Sports Composite.
Height/Size: 6-foot-1. 185 pounds
Background: Georgia was a part of Green’s recruitment since its inception and was the favorite towards the middle, but Clemson gained some traction towards the end. However, Clemson’s name faded from the pack as Auburn and Tennessee made strong cases to land the Covington native. Greene ultimately chose UGA on Dec. 8, which was about a week before the Early Signing Period. He then rolled at Georgia shortly after signing his letter of intent.
2021 Impact: The former four-star prospect didn’t appear in Georgia’s annual G-Day spring game. Nevertheless, Green is one of the most important signees in the 2021 class. The Bulldogs’ secondary in the offseason has been depleted due to various circumstances. So, Green has an opportunity to make an impact at the start of the season against Clemson if he has a strong fall camp.
The Bulldogs have recently added West Virginia’s Tykee Smith and Clemson’s Derion Kendrick into the mix. But, Green is just that good because of his physicality and quickness. Green could make a push for one of the starting cornerback positions, but will have to compete against Kendrick, Ameer Speed, Kelee Ringo and Jalen Kimber. However, Green just has that natural athletic ability and talent, which helps his case in terms of climbing up the depth chart.
Scouting Report: “Highly projectable length and great stature. Lean, narrow build with room to add muscle mass. Long strider who glides past opponents and plays at different pace. Shows fluidity in coverage, looking particularly comfortable in man situations. Can flip his hips to change directions and sticks to receivers through breaks. Tremendous closing speed and instincts. Displays down-field awareness and can go up for possession in traffic. Some background at safety and wide receiver, where he flashes very good ball skills. Solid tackler, but room for improvement near the line of scrimmage. Could be a major contributor in the return game. Projects as a multi-year starter at the elite Power Five level and upside as a first-day NFL Draft selection.” - Blair Angulo
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