Tall, long, and strong, Allie Green IV looks like he was chucked fresh out of an elite cornerback NFL Draft prospect-making machine. Having received plenty of interest from the league, the former Tulsa defensive back could have headed to the NFL in the spring. Although he entered the transfer portal instead, the early scouting report reveals there is already plenty to love about the now Missouri CB.
Allie Green IV NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Cornerback
- School: Missouri
- Current Year: Graduate senior
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 206 pounds
Allie Green IV Scouting Report
Following a successful cornerback class in last year’s draft, there’s another talented crop headed to the NFL next spring. Like all classes, there’s a “pick your poison” mix of talent that includes longer, rangy outside cornerbacks; shorter, speedy nickel backs; and bigger-bodied DBs that blur the line between corners and safeties.
So, where does Green IV’s scouting report slide him in this cornucopia of NFL Draft cornerbacks?
Draft prospects at the position don’t come much taller and physical than the Missouri CB. At 6’3″, he has a size advantage over most of his positional competition. Florida’s Kaiir Elam is considered one of the bigger corners in the class, and he measures 6’2″. Most analysts’ CB1 in the class, Derek Stingley Jr., is 6’1″.
Furthermore, Green appears to have exceptional length. He puts this to good use in coverage, contesting exceptionally well at the catch point. Additionally, his length allows him to effectively wrap us as a tackler and make stops that would be out of range for shorter-armed players.
A physical and versatile specimen
With Green’s size and length comes incredible physicality. This is probably his most significant attribute as a cornerback. He thrives in press-man coverage where he can have a good old-fashioned man against man dust-up.
The Missouri CB is a physical nightmare for wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. Whether with a strong arm to the outside shoulder or by getting both hands into the chest of his opponent, Green disrupts the route from the outset. At the catch point, he uses his physicality to make it difficult for his opponent.
Green IV’s physicality is also apparent against the run. While he shows patience as a tackler to assess the situation, Green’s not afraid to lower his shoulder and deliver a stunning blow to the ball carrier. If he’s left one-on-one at the goal line with the game on the line, you’re confident the outcome will end in his favor.
NFL Draft prospects can increase their stock with versatility, another tick in Green IV’s box. While he projects best as an outside cornerback in the NFL, he can play in the slot and has seen time at safety.
Areas for improvement
At present, Green IV has a good chance of being an early Day 3 prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. Still, there are some areas for improvement on his scouting report.
Although physicality is one of his strongest attributes, Green needs to know where to draw the line. He can be too handsy at the point of the catch, which will lead to unnecessary penalties at the NFL level. While throwing a guy out of the club is impressive, there’s a time and a place for it.
On the whole, Green demonstrates decent athletic ability. He’s showcased a good backpedal and the ability to transition out fluidly. Furthermore, there’s evidence of solid change-of-direction ability and lateral agility. However, he lacks long speed. Additionally, in the games studied, Gren struggled to recover when receivers gained separation on him.
In coverage, Green can be prone to biting on double moves and would also benefit from getting his head around to the ball in a more timely fashion.
Allie Green IV Player Profile
Texas high school football is the pinnacle of high school football. While some other states may claim the title, no other place epitomizes Texas’ level of football. Friday Night Lights may be a dramatized version, but the talent and passion that emanate from the state is unlike anywhere else. Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.
Yet, you can lose in the state of Texas. Specifically, you can be lost amongst the vast amount of talent. Some talented players go unnoticed and don’t receive the attention they deserve. If you look under the radar of the 2017 recruiting class, below where you’d expect to find an NFL Draft prospect, you’ll find Green IV.
Coming out of Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Green was just a two-star recruit, ranked as the 258th cornerback in the class. Furthermore, he was only the 381st ranked player in Texas.
That’s not to say that he couldn’t play — far from it. A two-year starter who played safety, cornerback, and wide receiver, Green IV received All-District honors as a sophomore and junior. After snagging 9 interceptions and logging 76 tackles as a senior, he earned first-team Class 5A All-State honors. A tall, lanky cornerback, he naturally excelled on the basketball court too, receiving All-District awards as a junior.
Despite the honors and statistics, competing in Texas means competition for the limelight and collegiate attention, and Green IV didn’t receive either. While Green went to work on the field, his head coach at Lyndon B. Johnson — the late Andrew Jackson — grafted behind the scenes to get him an opportunity.
Green IV’s college career
“He tried his best to get me to college and get me through high school,” Green said of Jackson.
“He was one of the coaches that put my name out there. He’s an awesome coach, so he had a lot of connections. He definitely paved the way for me to get to school.”
That school was Tulsa, Green’s only college scholarship offer, according to 247 Sports.
As a two-star recruit, there could have been an expectation that Green IV would struggle to find the field as a true freshman. However, once he was given the opportunity to play, he never let it go.
In 2017, Green saw action in the season opener against Oklahoma State before appearing in 10 other games. Putting his exceptional height to good use, he logged pass breakups against Temple, Houston, and Louisiana.
Inserting his influence as a sophomore
After serving as a role player in his freshman season, Green IV began to insert his influence during his sophomore campaign. The cornerback earned the first start of his career in his return home to Texas, one of six starts in the 2018 season.
He continued to impress as a playmaker, with 2 pass breakups against 23rd-ranked USF. That game also showcased his ability as a tackler, with a career-high 7 stops.
Between 2019 and 2020, Green IV developed into a full-time starter while cultivating a reputation as a ferociously physical cornerback. In his junior season, he repeated his career-high 7-tackle performance against Michigan State and Oklahoma State, adding a pass breakup in each game.
Oklahoma State would become an essential measuring stick for the young cornerback. In the first game of his senior season, Green IV was pitted against a future NFL Draft selection in Cowboys WR Tylan Wallace. Not only did the Tulsa corner play him hard all game, but Green also snagged the first interception of his career.
From Tulsa to the Tigers through the transfer portal
As Tulsa emerged as the surprise team in college football, Green IV began to attract the attention of NFL scouts for the 2021 NFL Draft. However, rather than head to the NFL, he entered the transfer portal alongside teammate Akayleb Evans. In stark contrast to his high school recruiting profile, Green was a hot commodity, receiving attention from multiple power five programs.
Like Evans, Green IV committed to Missouri, allowing him to impress against top-level competition in the SEC. While the season is still young, the Missouri CB has 8 tackles and 1 pass breakup through Week 4 of the college football season.