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Recently I conducted an interview with LSU's defensive leader, Jarvis Green. Green has been a four year starter at DE for the Tigers and leaves as LSU's fourth all-time in career sacks with 20. The 6'3", 265-pound DE saw his sack numbers drop the last two seasons, but he has become a better DE prospect because he was taught proper technique. Jarvis is also one of the best pure pass rush ends in the draft. With a forty time consistently in the mid 4.5 range, Jarvis' speed is his biggest asset. Below is some info on Jarvis, followed by the interview.

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Name: Jarvis Green

School: Louisiana State

Position: DE

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 265

40 Time: 4.55

Draft Status: 3rd-5th round area. Workouts will be important.

INTERVIEW:

Q: What kind of person will an NFL team be getting when they draft you?

J.G.: They'll be getting a very grounded, well-rounded young man who's coachable and whois a leader. I'm also very respectful and I'll make smart decisions on and off the field.

Q: What have you heard about your draft status?

J.G.: I've heard I could go as high as the third round, but there's no guaruntee. I've heard mid-late rounds too.

Q: What do you have planned for life after football?

J.G.: I'd like to own a construction company and restore old buildings and then sell them. I also want to do what I can to give back to the community.

Q: What are your biggest playing strengths?

J.G.: I'd have to say my speed, my strength, and my technique.

Q: Do you have any weaknesses in your game that you are trying to improve on?

J.G.: The only weakness I have is that I haven't played to my full potential yet. I am just tipping the iceberg on what I can do on a football field.

Q: Are you physically ready for the NFL?

J.G.: Yes I am! My strength and speed is already there. Coach Saban has prepared me for the NFL. I have learned the proper technique to use from my DE spot.

Q: Are you mentally ready as well?

J.G.: Yes. I've been through alot in my career at LSU. I've had a few nagging injuries that limited me the past couple years, but I am 100%. Dealing with stuff like that really prepares you mentally.

Q: Do you feel you've been overlooked at all?

J.G.: I believe I have been. I've been underrated for a while now. I've gone up against the best OT's in the country on a weekly basis. Just this year, I went up against, Mike Pearson, Terrance Metcalf, Kendall Simmons, and Reggie Coleman. I've played against the best my entire career and I still have 20 sacks. I think that says alot about my ability.

Q: What goals do you have set for your rookie season?

J.G.: I just want to contribute and help my team have a winning season.

Q: What was this season like for you?

J.G.: It was fantastic! We had our ups and downs, but we fought through it all and accomplished our goals. We never gave up and we stuck together for the entire year. After the Ole Miss loss, I called a meeting with the defense and just let them know what needs to be done. From then on, we were known as "US 11." All eleven of us stood strong the final six games and we did what we knew we could do.

Q: Describe what it's like to play football at LSU.

J.G.: It's GREAT! The fans are the best in the country. There's something about Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night that just gets people going. My adreneline was pumping everytime I ran out on that field. I'm very thankful I was able to play here.

M.G.: Thanks for your time Jarvis and Good Luck in the future!!

J.G.: Thanks Matt!

I'd like to thank Jarvis for taking the time to do the interview. I'd also like to thank his agent, Albert Elias of EMG, for setting it up. Best of luck in the future Jarvis!!!