Greene impresses at Iowa pro day

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Several of you have asked about Iowa's pro day, so accept my apology as this is coming a little late.

The good news for Hawkeyes fans is running back Shonn Greene performed well, according to The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman. Greene ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash before scouts from at least 29 NFL teams. His 40 time was six one-hundredths of a second better than what he ran at the NFL combine last month in Indianapolis, and he also had four more 225-pound bench press repetitions (23).

Despite winning the Doak Walker Award and setting Iowa's single-season rushing record with 1,850 yards last fall, Greene has received mixed reviews as a pro prospect. Some have questioned his age (too old at 23), his academic issues at Iowa and his running style. Pro Football Weekly had a particularly negative evaluation.

From the Gazette:

"My take on that is I think [Ohio State's] Beanie Wells and [Georgia's] Knoshown Moreno ... I think [they] are great backs, they just had another year whereas I had only had one year to show what I could do," Green said. "Ohio State gets a lot of publicity but I don't make that as an excuse. I just do what I can do.

"If you look at the stats and all that, it will tell you that I'm the top back. You look at some of those guys that I went head-to-head with and some of them I faced the same defense, and I did much better. I'm not worried about that. Whoever takes me is going to get a good running back. That's how it goes."

Having been thoroughly impressed with Greene last fall, I tend to agree with him. Then again, I'm no pro scout, and they look for different things. Most backs benefit from multiple seasons as a the starter, but Greene had to go pro because of his age.

I haven't found too much else on Iowa's pro day but will update the blog when I do.