2011 NFL Draft: Is A.J. Green Too Risky As Cleveland Browns' Sixth Overall Pick?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IMarch 13, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Wide receiver A.J. Green of Georgia runs with the ball during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are working hard, as the team is trying to get everything in order for the NFL draft set to begin the last weekend in April.

Mock draft experts all around the country are giving their opinions on the top selections and with the Browns sitting at No. 6, speculation is high when considering who the selection may be.

A.J. Green is a name many fans should be hearing as Cleveland is said to be targeting an explosive wide receiver to breathe new life into an offense that has been rather stagnant the last few years.

But, is A.J. Green worth all of the hype, and is he a good fit for Cleveland?

A deeper look into Green shows that he is a very dynamic wide receiver with a great ability to run streak and post routes down the field. Usually, quarterbacks with strong arms could benefit from this type of player, and he could even add a whole new dimension to an offensive attack for a team that is running a big-play type offense.

Cleveland does not seem to be heading in that direction as Pat Shurmur has come forth and stated that the Browns will showcase a type of the West Coast offense next season.

Green could very well fit into the West Coast, but one would have to wonder if that type of offense requires such a high-profile player.

The offense that Shurmur is looking to work in consists of receivers running short, precise routes and using complex blocking schemes to create yards after the catch. These short routes are then used to set up big gains down the field and running plays.

It is rather safe to say that every team would love to have a player like Green.

However, not every team has had back-to-back 5-11 seasons and has holes in seemingly every position on the field.

Cleveland's defense is probably the biggest issue that needs to be addressed before heading into 2011. The Browns will be switching to a 4-3 under veteran coach Dick Jauron.

Many defensive prospects should be available for Cleveland in the top 10 such as Von Miller, Robert Quinn, Marcell Dareus and even Nick Fairley or Patrick Peterson.

Cleveland currently has very little talent on the defensive line as the team released former nose tackle Shaun Rogers, and potential defensive end Matt Roth is currently a free agent.

When it comes to team needs, many people would love to see the Browns finally acquire a playmaker and get the offense back to the powerful force that it once was in 2007, but is Green really worth the price it will take to bring him to Cleveland?


Brian Murtaugh is a Cleveland Browns featured columnist for Bleacher Report and also the columnist for Browns Central.