2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | A.J. Green
A.J. Green has never lit up the statistics in college football. He has yet to catch for over 1,000 yards, or even double digit touchdowns. He only was able to play one full college season, but he is still arguably the top wide receiver prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Green was rated as high as the #9 overall player in the nation as a high school football star at Summerville High School in South Carolina. He came in as a freshman already at 6’4 200 pounds, as NCAA coaches drooled over him. He had verbally committed to Georgia when he was a sophomore in high school, and had no problems following through.
Green started since 2008, having a fantastic freshman season, and making freshman All-American teams all over the nation. In 2009 he suffered a pulmonary contusion, knocking him out of the last three games. In 2010, Green was cited for selling his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey, which resulted in an NCAA suspension for the first four games of the season.
Player Name: A.J. Green
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3 1/2
Hand: 9 1/4
40 Time: 4.48
Green’s size is almost ideal for any NFL general manager and head coach. Any time you can get a tall receiver with soft hands, you know you’re in for a treat to watch on Sunday’s. Green has good speed, and runs his routes exceptionally well. He gets in and out of his cuts with ease, and is quite disciplined in his knowledge of the passing tree. His hands are his best asset as he doesn’t seem to drop anything. Green has excellent awareness, and body control. He knows where the first down is, where the sideline is, as well as the end zone. He has an excellent vertical, often out jumping most opponents, and using his physical play to make catches. Green doesn’t get bullied in press coverage, rarely getting jammed at the line, and using his physical play to his advantage.
While Green is an excellent overall wide receiver, he’s not extremely fast, and he lacks great acceleration. While he is a threat vertically, he won’t out run most NFL cornerbacks. He’s not going to make a ton of plays in the open field, as he’ll get caught by faster linebackers. While he’s not slow by any means, he isn’t going to run a sub 4.45 forty at the NFL Combine. He could put forth more effort in blocking down field, but he has the ability. He doesn’t seem to go 100% on every play that doesn’t directly involve him. Some minor character concerns may be brought up as he sold his own jersey, although that’s hardly a red flag.
There’s no reason that A.J. Green won’t be off the board in the Top 10. He very well could go #1 overall if Carolina chooses not to go the defensive route with Nick Fairley or Da’Quan Bowers. Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington are the most likely teams in selecting him. Most likely Cincinnati will grab him at pick four, unless Bowers or Fairley falls, however. He’s a Top 5 talent, and a very special player.
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