2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

by Cory J. Bonini on March 11, 2011 @ 01:12:32 PDT

 


Georgia junior receiver A.J. Green decided to skip his final year of eligibility to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. The former Bulldog is arguably the most talented prospect at his position since Calvin Johnson. Green has drawn comparisons to Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Plaxico Burress and Keyshawn Johnson from many observers.

Green finished the 2010 season with nine touchdowns in only eight games played and is second in Georgia history with 23 career trips to paydirt. 

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-4, 211 pounds)
  • Athletic with great body control
  • A bit of a long strider but has NFL-caliber speed (4.50-second 40-yard dash)
  • Quick off the line, uses hands well
  • A.J. Green, draft prospect
    Green has a bright future
    Amazing explosiveness and acceleration coming out of his breaks
  • Excellent route-running skills - NFL-ready footwork
  • Long arms, lanky frame - excellent in jump-ball situations
  • Superb hands - easily his best attribute
  • Tracks ball over shoulder well
  • Good vision
  • Dedicated and passionate about the game

Weaknesses

  • Mild injury history (bruised chest, shoulder sprain)
  • Suspended four games in 2010 for the sale of his jersey to an agent
  • Willing blocker but often ineffective
  • Strength

Expected draft placement

Green is a top-flight wide receiver package and shouldn't take long transitioning to the NFL. His immediate production may not be as impressive as other receivers to come out in recent years, but he has every bit of what it takes to shine in the pros.

The former Georgia star should fly off the board, perhaps as early as the Buffalo Bills (No. 3). They could consider Green if Lee Evans is released, and the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4) are often considered his next stop by many draft prognosticators. The Cleveland Browns (No. 6) could reunite Green with his former Bulldogs teammate Mohamed Massaquoi to bolster Colt McCoy's arsenal.

Don't count on Green falling past the Washington Redskins (No. 10), and that far of a slide is tough to fathom.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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