With about 10 minutes remaining in the second day of the NFL Draft, former Hawaii running back Alex Green received a call from the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
"Are you having a good day?" Green said he was asked.
Green responded: "Yes."
"It’s about to get better," Green was told.
It was then that he learned the Packers would select him with the next-to-last pick of the third round, the 96th player overall.
"This is such a blessing," Green said. "I’ve dreamed about this my whole life."
Green recorded 40-yard dash times of 4.46. He benched 225 pounds 20 times and had a vertical leap of 34 inches.
Green could fit in well as a third-down back in Green Bay — especially if Brandon Jackson ends up heading to free agency. At 6 feet and 220 pounds, he rushed for 1,199 yards (8.2 yards per carry) last season in Hawaii’s pass-heavy offense. He also was a threat catching the ball out of the backfield, catching 27 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown.
"He’s a kid that has some versatility," Packers running backs coach Jerry Fontenot said.
"He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he’s an explosive back. For his size, there weren’t many guys coming out in the draft that can run like he can. And watching him on film, he really stuck out in that he got hit a couple times downfield, they were big hits, and he popped right back up and he’d run back to the huddle and guys on the offense rally around him."
The annual NFL Draft started yesterday with the first round. The second and third rounds were held today. The draft’s final four rounds will be conducted tomorrow with UH receiver Greg Salas expected to be selected.