Cleveland Browns: What Drafting A.J. Green Would Mean for the Receiving Corps

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 18, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs for yardage during the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns will likely select a wide receiver at some point during the 2011 NFL Draft, but there still isn't a clear-cut player that has solidified himself as the team's receiver of the future. Many fans and experts agree that A.J. Green may be the best receiver in the entire draft class, but Cleveland may want to think twice if the former Georgia Bulldog is available with the sixth overall selection.

The Browns current wide receiving corps is composed mainly of many young players that have not had significant opportunities to perform at the NFL level. Cleveland became a rush-first team over the course of the last several seasons, and inconsistent quarterback play significantly delayed any type of development.

Mohammed Massaqoui and Brian Robiskie were both drafted during the first year of the Eric Mangini era and were expected to do great things for the Browns organization. Up to this point, however, that has simply not been the case—and now they may never get their chance.

If A.J. Green is drafted by the Cleveland Browns, a significant overhaul of the Browns depth chart will be in order. Cleveland currently has seven wide receivers listed on the active roster and more will likely be added when free agency is eventually finalized.

Brian Robiskie may easily turn into the odd man out for Cleveland, as his numbers have been consistently unimpressive since he first joined the team in 2009. Robiskie seemed to have good chemistry with Jake Delhomme early in the 2010 season but became a non-factor once Colt McCoy burst onto the scene in the middle of the year.

Robiskie has only caught 36 passes over his first two seasons with the Browns and has recorded only three touchdowns to his credit.

With the hypothetical addition of Green, Massaqoui's job would probably be safe as he will be called upon to mentor his fellow Georgia Bulldog and work with him for at least his first season. Chansi Stuckey also solidified his position with the team in 2010, becoming the leading receiver in almost every statistical category.

Robiskie is only 23 years old, which makes his potential release from the Browns slightly hasty. Cleveland could possibly turn "Robo" into a third- or fourth-string receiver but will be forced to create opportunities for Green, Massaqoui, Stuckey and Cribbs.

Carlton Mitchell is also a forgotten factor in the Browns' plan, as the former Southern Florida standout sat on the bench for the better part of his rookie year. Mitchell set the Bulls' school record for receptions in a single season and also for career receptions. Mitchell appeared in five games for the Browns last season but failed to make a catch in every appearance.

Green's presence on the team would be welcomed, but it may come with some problems unforeseen by the fans. Cleveland's front office has some significant decisions in front of them over the next week, and the fans can only hope they decide correctly.