They say he needs to bulk up a bit.
They say it'll be tough for him to be successful right away with Andy Dalton as his QB.
Most scouts seem to think while Green was the best receiver in the draft, Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Julio Jones will have the biggest year of all rookie receivers.
Well Bengals fan, don't worry. This is not true, and I can prove to you why.
A mere 1,000 yards is a very achievable goal for A.J. Green in 2011.
Here's 7 reasons why he'll do it.
While the Bengals have very good depth at receiver (Ochocinco, Shipley, Caldwell, Simpson and now Green) all sign indicate A.J. will be the No. 1 receiver from the get go.
Shipley is a slot receiver, and while Simpson and Caldwell have started to show promise and will see a lot of snaps, they aren't good enough to cut into Green's looks.
Green and Ochocinco will be the starting receivers for the Bengals. If the Bengals were looking for a developmental player with the No. 4 overall pick, they would have taken a QB or pass rusher.
They drafted Green because of the following slide...
Most of the time, even the best WR prospects don't break out until at least their third year in the league. This can usually be attested to lack of polish, weak hands or the fact that they played in a non-NFL offense in college.
None of these are the case with Green.
He's very polished. The things rookie receivers struggle with the most is release off press coverage. Even stars like Calvin and Andre Johnson struggled with this in their first few years. But release is one of Green's strengths.
Whether it's using his elite quickness to get around a corner, using his frame to get in front of one or using his underrated strength to get through one, Green always seems to get a good jump off the line.
He has huge hands, and unlike most top receiver prospects who tend to lose focus (Julio Jones), he puts emphasis on catching the ball with his fingertips. He actually has some of the best hands of any prospect I've ever seen.
He also played in an NFL-style offense at Georgia that should be pretty similar to the West Coast offense the Bengals will run this year. He won't have to change his game to translate it to the NFL.
When I say few I mean few.
He's 6' 4", 212. That makes him one of biggest receivers in the league.
He has incredible length and quickness.
His 35" vertical will help him make a ton of those jumping, one-handed grabs that he has become famous for in college.
He runs a 4.38 40 which will make him one of the league's fastest players. That speed translates to the field very well too.
Green is an absolute physical freak, and he will have an incredible highlight reel by the time his career is done.
Throw Green's four-game suspension out the window. He sold his own jersey from a bowl game. That's something that hundreds of college football players do to earn a little extra money while in school.
Most receivers with Green's ability have quite an ego to go with it. But he doesn't.
He lets his play do the talking and at Georgia, he truly seemed dedicated to winning. There were games when a team would practically triple-team him, and he wouldn't get a catch until the fourth quarter. He didn't care because other guys were open, and the offense was moving.
The spotlight has been on Green since his sophomore year in high school, and he hasn't let it affect him.
He's genuinely a good kid.
And because Green is just a rookie, teams may focus on Ochocinco a little more. And even if they decide to put their top corner on Green, it's not like they'll be able to double team him very often.
Say what you want about Ocho, but he demands attention from a defense. He has his whole career, and that continued last year.
Jordan Shipley also demands attention in the slot. As does Jermaine Gresham at TE. And when you add in Andrew Caldwell or Jerome Simpson in four WR sets, Green should find plenty of space to make plays.
I know it's weird. For once, the Bengals first-round pick isn't one of the last to sign. In fact, Green was the second to sign after the Bucs agreed to terms with DE Adrian Clayborn.
There's no overstating the importance of rookies maximizing their training camp time, especially in this offseason where the lockout limited team activities and workouts.
Green will be running route and catching passes from Gradkowski and Dalton in no time, and when you add that to his NFL-ready skill set, he probably won't even seem like a rookie when he takes the field in September.
I'm sure Gradkowski and Dalton are excited to work with him as well.
Swagger. Some receivers have it. Some don't.
To be a truly dominant receiver in the NFL you need to be smart, but you also need to have a certain sense of cockiness. A great receiver should want the football in big moments because they know that's what best for the team. They should believe they are better than the guy lining up across from them. All the greats have had swagger.
If the receiver is immature, swagger can sometimes get in the way, but that attitude does need to be their.
A.J. Green definitely has a healthy level of swagger. He's knows he's a beast, and he wants the ball late in games. But he doesn't let his ego overtake him and get in the way of his team's success.
A.J. Green will not fear anybody and will be ready to unleash his talent on the NFL right away.