A.J. Green Enters 2011 NFL Draft

Justin HulseyCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2011

Georgia superstar wide receiver A.J. Green will forgo his junior season to enter the NFL Draft, the team announced Sunday afternoon.

Green, who is listed as the No. 1 wide receiver on the vast majority of big boards, will definitely be a top-10 pick, if not the top five. The 6’4″, 212 lbs specimen of an athlete is getting several comparisons to Sidney Rice and Brandon Marshall. Along with the physical attributes Green brings to the table, he also runs a 4.38 40-yard dash, which would be one of the best 40 times in the NFL when he is inevitably drafted.

While there is plenty of second and third round WR talent in the 2011 draft, the only two legitimate first rounders this year are Green and fellow SEC wideout Julio Jones. Both are projected to be top 15 picks (PDC Mock Draft: sixth and 10th), but some draft analysts believe Green could be the No. 1 overall pick now that Andrew Luck made the decision to return for his Senior season.

However, it seems very unlikely that Carolina would pass up on the athlete that Da’Quan Bowers is. At 6'4", 275, Bowers has a 40 time that is quicker than most linebackers. He is clearly the top defensive end in the Draft and with DE being the Panthers’ top need, I can’t see them passing up on Bowers.

Green missed the first four games of the 2010 season due to a suspension he received after he sold his bowl jersey from a year ago. Nonetheless, Green still managed to put together a very impressive season with 57 receptions, 848 yards, and nine touchdowns in only nine games.

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