- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 26, 2018

In March, 46 NFL coaches and scouts attended the University of Maryland’s football pro day in College Park. At one point that morning, 45 of them watched as receiver D.J. Moore, considered a top prospect, ran routes and caught passes.

The other was watching Adam Greene.

The former Terrapins placekicker, who like Moore dreams of playing in the NFL, ran drills, performed kickoffs and kicked field goals — his longest was about 51 yards — for Buffalo Bills assistant special teams coach Matthew Smiley.

Greene was not the main attraction at pro day. He likely will not be drafted at all this weekend — only 13 kickers have been selected in the eight drafts since 2010. But it’s OK if he doesn’t make an NFL team. He will have a decent fallback option in the form of a master’s degree in quantitative finance.

“A lot of it is taking finance and then doing a lot of the mathematical derivatives behind it all, doing the coding,” Greene explained. “I just finished up a class that was about quantitative investment strategy. So we built computer programs that would outperform indexes. A bunch of interesting stuff.”

Greene sees himself on Wall Street doing investment management in “the hedge fund space,” or working in a venture capital and private equity firm, investing in startup companies.

Still, he spent the winter and spring working with Maryland’s strength staff and kicking every other day, preparing for pro day as he took his final graduate courses.

“It’s a great opportunity that I was presented,” Greene said. “It’s one of those things, when you have a chance to go after a childhood dream of yours, just do it and give it the best that you have. So I’m excited how it went.”

The Terrapins pro day was the most NFL exposure Greene, who hails from Arnold, Maryland, and played for Broadneck High School, has ever had. But Greene does have an NFL connection — he trains with longtime Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover.

At 12 years old, Greene attended one of Stover’s kicking camps in Baltimore.

“I won the 12-year-old competition, he put me into the high school area and I did really well,” Greene recalled. “Since that day he sort of took me under his arm and he’s been helping me train up (before seasons).”

Stover said while he provided some mentorship, Greene did much of the work on his own.

“He’s got a really pumpy leg, a leg that’s got pump to it,” Stover said. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders. I think with more experience and some coaching around him he’ll be even better.”

Greene’s leg strength is his top quality, but he wants to improve his field goal accuracy. Though he played three seasons for Maryland, Greene was mainly their go-to kicker in 2016, when he went 37-for-38 on extra points and 9-for-14 on field goals. Then, in 2017, Henry Darmstadter beat him for the job after the Terrapins’ season-opening win at Texas.

But a kicker’s collegiate career does not always determine whether he will succeed in the pros, Stover said.

“I was 72, 73 percent in my college days but ended up being over 82 percent as an NFL kicker,” he said. “I say that because if Adam has the right people around him, if he has the right support around him, he could be an excellent kicker.”

Unlike most draft prospects, Greene was not certain whether he would follow coverage on TV, saying he “might just watch it for fun.”

“This is just an incredible opportunity that I was able to pursue and I was able to do well (at pro day),” Greene said. “If that possibility (of playing in the NFL) happens to come true, then that would just be icing on the cake.”

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