A.J. Green: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects
Wide Receiver A.J. Green (H: 6’4″ – W: 212 – College: Georgia)
University of Georgia wide receiver Adriel Jeremiah “A.J.” Green is widely considered the top prospect at his position despite limited playing time and a suspension due to a NCAA violation.
Green is receiving praise for his athleticism and comparisons to NFL greats like Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss. As a freshman, he finished the season with 56 receptions for 963 yards and 8 TDs. Despite missing seven total games in his sophomore and junior years, he still compiled 110 receptions for 1656 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Give his natural size and speed, Green can play both as a possession or deep-threat receiver.
As a senior coming out of Summerville High School, Green was rated the amongst the top 10 players in the nation by Rivals and only Julius Jones, who is also in this draft, was rated higher
Green was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season due to having sold his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey to a man linked with agents. Upon his return, UGA’s offense really took off as Green showcased why he is a top talent. His first two receptions of the season were both touchdowns and his biggest game came against eventual national champion Auburn. He torched their defense with 9 catches, 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Strengths: A true game-changer. One of the best receivers to come out in years. Tough to press cover at LOS. Long, athletic frame with great speed. Great athleticism. Gets off LOS very fast. Smart. Amazing body control. Great hands, catches everything. Good vertical, can go up and catch the ball with timing. Good route runner, finds holes in zones with no problem. Good YAC, looks to make plays after the catch. Played in the SEC, so he’s seen good competition. Despite obvious talent, still has plenty of upside.
Weaknesses: Still has room to bulk up. Needs to come back to the ball. Injury in 2009. Poor run blocker. Suspension in 2010.
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