NFL Draft 2011: A.J. Green Destined for Ohio As Mock Drafts Continue
With the NFL Scouting Combine officially kicking off this weekend in Indianapolis, NFL Draft rumors and news are continuing to pour out into the sports world.
A.J. Green is at the top of all the draft talk, as the No. 1 ranked receiving prospect has been placed in three separate positions by different mock experts.
The Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have all seen Green's name listed on their potential mock draft board, although each one of those franchises are in complete disarray due to the uncertainty of the NFL labor agreement negotiations.
The Bengals and Browns seem like the two best destinations for Green at the top of the draft board.
The Bengals own the fourth overall pick and have some real questions heading into the offseason, as the contract of Terrell Owens has officially expired and the futures of Chad Ochocino and Carson Palmer seem up in the air.
Owens accounted for nearly all of the little success that the Bengals had in 2010, as he led the team with 72 catches for a little under 1,000 yards and nine scores.
In the northeast side of the state, the Browns offense had their own special turmoils as Colt McCoy emerged as the franchise quarterback, despite having any solid receiving options at his disposal. The Browns leading wide receiver, statistically, was Chansi Stuckey.
Stuckey caught 40 balls for 346 yards but did not find the end zone. His longest reception on the year was 25 yards.
Other than Stuckey, the Browns leading receivers were Benjamin Watson (68 REC, 764 YDS, three TD) and Peyton Hillis (61 REC, 477 YDS, two TD).
So who could use Green's services more? The answer would have to be the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns currently do not have a receiver that has had a 1,000-yard season at the professional level and Cleveland's runners have consistently had better receiving stats than their wideouts since 2007.
In fact, the Browns have not had a 1,000-yard receiver of any kind since Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards both surpassed the mark in 2007.
Green has been criticized that he does not seem like a good fit in the Browns' new West Coast offense.
A good point to make is that the Browns already have some young wide receiver talent that has underachieved and could benefit from another playmaker.
It has become clear that the Browns need to address their offensive problems if they wish to be successful in the future. The team has ranked 29th in the league the past two seasons in passing offense.
As for Green, it currently looks as if he will be a resident in Ohio by the middle of this summer. Whether it is on the shores of Lake Erie or in the Queen City will only be revealed in time.
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