|HS:||Columbia (Lake City, FL)|
1997-99 Miami Dolphins
2000 New York JetsR
2001 Oakland Raiders
Yatil Green was variously graded as either the 1st or 2nd best receiver in the draft. Coming out of the University of Miami as a junior, Green caught 42 passes for 669 yards and 3 touchdowns during his last year in college, despite being suspended for the first 2 games of 1996 and sitting out a lot of the time with injuries.
At the combine in Indianapolis, he ran a 4.4 in the 40, had a vertical jump of more than 40 inches and set a combine record in the broad jump with a jump of 10'10". He is 6'2 and 7/8 inches tall and weighs in at 200 pounds. He can outjump smaller defensive backs and still come down with the ball.
Yatil came to the Dolphins as the first-round draft choice in 1997 out of the University of Miami (Fla.), with the highest pick that Miami had had in several years. With a string of 1st round draft busts (John Bosa, Eric Kumerow, Sammie Smith, Billy Milner), the front office was looking for a sure thing. At the NFL scouting combine, Green had scouts and coaches salivating over his size and speed. Green was the lone top receiver to run at the combine, showing no fear of a poor running surface. Here's what the scouts were saying:
Tremendous Athlete with Great Size,
Runs a 4.3/40 with a 35.5 inch Vertical Jump,
Speed and Agility make him Dangerous After the Catch
Green looked to be a perfect fit for the Fins, and the weapon that would finally help Marino take the Dolphins back to the Super Bowl. Green even signed early so that he could get into camp and start practicing right away. Expectations among Dolphin fans were sky high, but sadly, Green never played a down in 1997. On the first day of training camp, he suffered a devastating injury, tearing his quadriceps muscles, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and cartilage in his right knee. Before it had even started, it looked like Green's NFL career was over.
Yatil refused to go down without a fight. He began an aggressive rehabilitation program, and it wasn't long before there were rumors coming out of Miami about Green being ahead of schedule.
By the start of camp, Green was looking good, showing that he hadn't lost much of his speed. He wasn't 100 percent yet, but with several months to go before the team hit the field, the staff was confident that Yatil Green would finally line up in the aqua and orange.
Unfortunately, disaster struck again. While running a pass route in non-contact drills, Green tore his ACL in his right knee for the 3rd time.
On opening day in 1999, Yatil Green made his debut against the Denver Broncos. After 3 years of waiting, watching, and rehabilitating, the Dolphins were rewarded with 1 catch for 6 yards. Green made appearances in 7 more games that year, never as a starter. He ended the season with 18 catches and 0 TDs.
Green never lived up to his potential in the NFL, as his career was cut short by several knee injuries. In his one and only season, 1999, he played in 9 games catching 18 receptions for 234 yards and 0 touchdowns.
Attended Columbia High School in Lake City, FL.
Drafted by the Miami Dolphins 15th overall.