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A.J. Green is a special talent at the wide receiver position
Let’s see; words that come to mind when you think about the Carolina Panthers passing attack (if you can even call it that) in 2010? Anemic, pathetic, useless, toothless. Basically, it was very poor as a whole.
There is no doubt that the majority of the blame has to go to the quarterback play, although Jimmy Clausen can’t shoulder the entire brunt of it. The offensive line also lacked cohesiveness due to a turnstile at several positions including right tackle and right guard. Add in three rookie receivers and a superstar who took up beating double- and triple-teams as a hobby on Sundays and you’ve got yourself a dismal passing game.
The last time a wide receiver was selected first overall in the NFL draft was 1996, when the New York Jets took former Panther Keyshawn Johnson. It is time to break that trend. A.J. Green is quite simply a phenomenal player and would instantly turn our struggling passing attack into one that would force defensive coordinators to adjust their schemes and, by extension, open up other areas of the field to exploit.
Green has the ability to be a special, game-changing type of player in the NFL, and isn’t that what any team needs to acquire if they find themselves on the clock first at Radio City Music Hall? The former Georgia Bulldog has amazing foot speed, with the quickness to both separate from cornerbacks and blow past them. He has a very wide catch radius that makes his QB look good on off-target throws. Scouts have compared him—and let me remind you that you don’t hear this comparison too often—to Randy Moss during his heyday and Sidney Rice.
Jimmy Clausen gets the weapon that he desperately needs to open up the offense. New offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski gets the kind of wideout he wants to build this offense on—a 6'3" freakish athlete with top-end speed and size to scare any defense. Marty Hurney decides to give Clausen another chance, foregoing the Cam Newton pick for a much more sure-fire prospect in A.J. Green.