It may have come later than some expected, but former Florida defensive end Jonathan Greenard finally heard his name called when he was selected by the Houston Texans with the 90th pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.
His selection came after that of his teammate and counterpart on the defensive line Jabari Zuniga, who, despite an injury-plagued 2019 season, was selected by the New York Jets with the 79th pick.
Greenard is a bit of a low-ceiling, high-floor player. He lacks the elite first step that gets players drafted on Day 1, but he does possess strong snap anticipation skills. He also has a lengthy 6-foot-3 frame that allows him to wreak havoc when he manages to get into the backfield.
Despite being praised by many as a high-intelligence player, injury concerns hurt his draft stock.
Greenard missed nearly the entire 2018 season after suffering a wrist injury in the opener while at Louisville, and he played with it heavily wrapped in 2019, appearing hesitant at times to use it.
Congrats Jonathan. You came to Florida and immediately had an impact on our team as a leader and role model. I know you will do the same for the @HoustonTexans. Your presence will be missed on the Gator’s Defense. #GatorMade pic.twitter.com/iA8Lien3Tw— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) April 25, 2020
Still, if his wrist is in good shape moving forward, he possesses many of the traits conducive to developing into an NFL starter. And on a Texans team looking for a pass-rushing boost after trading Jadaveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks last season, he could see significant playing time immediately.