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Round 5, Pick 10: 49ers select Arkansas LB Dre Greenlaw

Apr 27, 2019 at 11:12 AM--

The San Francisco 49ers selected Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw with the pick (No. 148 overall) in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 49ers were scheduled to host him as one of their 30 pre-draft visits but canceled it.

Greenlaw registered 183 combined tackles and three sacks during his final two seasons with the Razorbacks. He recorded 80 combined tackles, 6.5 for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery as a senior in 2018.

A tight hamstring kept Greenlaw from running at the Combine, but he ran at Arkansas' pro day in March.

"Dre Greenlaw, who did not run at the combine due to a tight hamstring, timed as low as 4.65s in the forty today, slightly faster than expected," reported Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 5-foot-11 and 237-pound Greenlaw had a vertical jump of 33 inches, a broad jump of 117 inches, and 24 reps in the bench press. Other measurables for Greenlaw include an arm length of 32 1/4 inches and hands that measure 9 7/8 inches.

NFL.com projected Greenlaw to be a seventh-round draft pick or priority undrafted free agent.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, who compares Greenlaw to Kevin Pierre-Louis, wrote the following about Greenlaw within his scouting report:

"Run and chase 4-3 WILL linebacker with the quickness to flow ahead of blocks to the football, but a lack of willful aggression to fire downhill and put his stamp on games. It will be difficult for Greenlaw to make a living with nothing more than clean-up tackles on his own side of the ball so he needs to turn that speed and athleticism into weapons of disruption. His speed and athleticism give him a chance to carve out a career as a special teams ace and nickel cover talent."

Dane Brugler of The Athletic wrote the following about Greenlaw within his scouting report:

"A four-year starter at Arkansas, Greenlaw earned a starting role as a true freshman, lining up primarily as a WILL linebacker as the Hogs varied their scheme the last four seasons. While he doesn't have ideal size, length or burst, he is smart and puts himself in a position to make plays. Greenlaw flows well laterally and competes with relentless effort, but sticks to blocks and needs to prove that he's reliable sifting through traffic for regular box work at the next level. Overall, Greenlaw is a small-framed player and will get knocked around near the line of scrimmage, but his cover instincts, range and impact on special teams can earn him an NFL roster spot."

Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst wrote the following about Greenlaw within his scouting report:

"Greenlaw is an athletic run-and-chase linebacker who stands out in pursuit. Although he needs a free shot at the action, his cover skills and ability to make plays in space as well as his special-teams mentality will make him attractive as a backup on Sundays."

Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network wrote the following about Greenlaw within his scouting report:

"CONS: Simply does not finish. Issues are two-fold, fails to commit as a tackler despite being in position, and misses too many tackles. Come away from his tape wishing that his hitting power was a lot better. Too easily re-routed by blockers. Not aggressive or physical enough in his method of taking on opponents in the trenches. Tries to dance around or back out of blocks, which negates his run fills. Must use his hands and length better to keep opponents off his frame. Won't make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Cleanup tackler more than an impact one. Broken foot ended his sophomore season prematurely."


Height: 5-11
Weight: 237 lbs.
Arm length: 32 1/4 inches
Hand length: 9 7/8 inches

NFL Scouting Combine

Vertical: 33 inches
Broad jump: 117 inches
Bench press: 24 reps

College Statistics
Year School Class G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int
2015 Arkansas FR 12 46 49 95 3.5 1.0 --
2016 Arkansas SO 7 23 20 43 1.5 0.0 1
2017 Arkansas JR 12 52 51 103 1.5 1.0 --
2018 Arkansas SR 9 38 42 80 6.5 2.0 2
Total Arkansas 159 162 321 13.0 4.0 3

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