A Look At The Cincinnati Bengals 2011 Draft: No. 1 Prospect WR A.J. Green

Joe GryniewskiContributor IFebruary 15, 2011

A Look At The Cincinnati Bengals 2011 Draft: No. 1 Prospect WR A.J. Green

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    As I mentioned in an earlier article I am beginning to start my assessments on the top college prospects the Bengals might be looking at in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

    I will begin to break down some players in no particular order and even may come back to some players if I spot more weaknesses or strengths.

    I also will provide some highlights and pros and cons to the Bengals drafting said player.

    With all that said lets begin!

Who Is A.J. Green?

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    I start by looking at the WR from Georgia A.J. Green. The junior receiver started the year on a four-game suspension for selling a jersey to what the NCAA deemed to be a sports agent.

    However, this minor transgression is the only blemish I could find on his record, and after returning from his suspension he came back firing on all cylinders.

    The junior caught 49 passes for 771 yards and a staggering nine touchdowns in that short span.

    Green loved juggling as a kid and it shows in his game as he makes the most impossible catches look as though they are “gimmes.”

Green The Best Prospect Since Moss?

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs attempts to catch a pass against Jelani Jenkins #43 and Matt Elam #22 of the Florida Gators during the game at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sa
    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

    Green’s lack of eye-popping career numbers can be a little misleading as he has suffered an injury that derailed his sophomore campaign and his junior year was shortened with the aforementioned suspension.

    Do not let the numbers (or lack thereof) scare you away from this can’t-miss receiver prospect.

    Green has been labeled as the best WR to come out of college since Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson.

The Future Is Bright For Green

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    The Bengals will definitely be in the market for a WR as their two  Pro Bowl receivers T.O. and Ochocinco might leave during free agency (that is if there even is one thanks to the CBA issues).

    Green would be a great corner-piece to an offense with a ton of young stars at the major skill positions.

    Adding the Georgia Bulldog to a young offense with new players such as Bernard Scott, Jordan Shipley, and Jermaine Gresham would certainly be a good sign for the future of the Bengals offense, and would add another game-breaker for teams to have to defend.

    A player like Green would really open up the middle of the field, and that would complement Shipley and Gresham very well.

    Keep an eye out on this future NFL star.

A.J. Green Pros and Cons

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    Great Hands


    Playing in a “pro style” offense in Georgia

    Can jump through the roof

    6’4" height

    Strong/physical receiver

    Has shown up big in big games


    Lack of discipline?


    Route running can be erratic

    Why draft a receiver in the top five when the 2011 draft is expected to be deep with WR talent?

    Can he beat out Julio Jones and some of the other top receivers in the Bengals opinion