Greene selected by New York Jets

April 26, 2009

NFL Draft: Greene selected by New York Jets

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa running back Shonn Greene, winner of the Doak Walker Award, was selected today in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Greene was chosen in the third round with the 65th overall pick.

Greene is the first Hawkeye running back selected in the NFL Draft since Ladell Betts went to the Washington Redskins in the second round in 2002. Greene becomes the 30th player drafted during the Kirk Ferentz Era at Iowa.

Greene was instrumental in leading the Iowa to a 9-4 record and a victory in the Outback Bowl during the 2008 season. He rushed for 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns with an average of 6.0-yards per attempt. He rushed for 100 yards or more in all 13 Hawkeye games with a season-high 217 yards and four touchdowns during a 38-16 victory against Wisconsin on Oct. 18. The average of 142.31 yards on the ground per game ranked second in the nation.

Prior to the draft, some experts had Greene ranked as the fourth-best running back available ( and the 58th-best player available (Russ Lande, War Room scouts). A consensus All-American and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Greene saw three running backs taken in the first round Saturday. Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno was picked at No. 12 by Denver, Indianapolis drafted Connecticut’s Donald Brown at No. 27, and Arizona selected Ohio State running back Chris Wells with the 31st pick. Philadelphia drafted University of Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy in the second round (No. 53).

The selection of Greene marks the 32nd consecutive season that Iowa has had a player chosen in the NFL Draft.

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2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
2008 NFL Draft
Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
Round 4 Kenny Iwebema Arizona Defensive end
Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
2007 NFL Draft
Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive line
Round 4 Scott Chandler San Diego Tight end
Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive line
2006 NFL Draft
Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
2005 NFL Draft
Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive line
Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive back
Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive line
2004 NFL Draft
Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive line
Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive back
Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive line
Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
2003 NFL Draft
Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive line
Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive back
Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive line
2002 NFL Draft
Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running back
Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive line
Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
2001 NFL Draft
Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
2000 NFL Draft
Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive back