INDIANAPOLIS -- As the NFL continues to evolve into more of a passing league, linebackers like Khaseem Greene out of Rutgers are growing in value.
Greene, the Big East defensive player of the year in 2012, is a former safety who shifted to linebacker, thriving in each role. He totaled 136 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions as a senior, and is considered a potential second-round draft pick by many analysts, and a player who can contribute as a three-down linebacker.
The Patriots have unique insight into Greene as a player, as he's a former teammate of Steve Belichick, now in a coaching assistant role with the team.
"Steve had played a different sport," Greene said on Saturday. "He played lacrosse and then he came over and wanted to play football, and he actually tried [out], made the team, and was actually playing. But not only was he a teammate, we had a couple of classes together."
Belichick, who was a long snapper for the Scarlet Knights during the 2011 season, impressed Greene with his in-depth knowledge of the game, reminding him of his father, head coach Bill Belichick.
"He's just an all-around great guy, and he knows football," Greene said. "It's crazy that his father is one of the best coaches in the NFL and then his son is right there. It seems like he is following in his footsteps, because you talk to Steve and he knows football inside and out."
The two have crossed paths already here in Indianapolis, although Greene has yet to meet with the Patriots formally. Greene indicated that he and the younger Belichick are hopeful to meet up again when time permits this weekend.