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)
With the eigth pick in the 2011 BGN Mock Draft eaglemaniac814 selects...
Mike Munchak is stunned when he sees this. Arguably the best player in this year's draft class has fallen all the way down to the 8th pick. That player is AJ Green and he is a WR who played collegiately for Georgia.
Green is what so-called draft experts like to call a physical specimen. At 6'4" and 212 pounds, Green already has Randy Moss-esque size. Normally players this big do not have the speed to go with their size. Not AJ Green. Green has been clocked in the forty at 4.38. In addition, Green also has great hands, something that is obviously needed in a wide receiver. Green can also make plays with the ball in his hands. Few receivers of his size can do this. He can also go up for the ball and has brilliant body control. According to scouts, the biggest knock on AJ Green is his route running. However, this is being beaten like a rented mule and his route running is actually not as bad as people have made it out to be. A few scouts have mentioned that his route running is better than that of Larry Fitzgerald, a player whom Green has been compared to, coming out of college. He knows the soft spots in coverage and is not afraid to go over the middle. At Georgia, Green played in a pro style offense, something that will be to an advantage for him. It could be said he's the most NFL ready prospect in this year's draft class and should hit the ground running in the NFL.
Now, you say Tennessee doesn't need a wide receiver. I tell you they do, especially if this receiver has the potential to be one of the best to ever play the game. Tennessee's receiving corps stats are as follows:
Kenny Britt (12 G) 42 REC 775 YDS 9 TD
Nate Washington: 42 REC 687 YDS 6 TD
Justin Gage (11 G) 20 REC 266 YDS 1 TD
Damian Williams 16 REC 219 YDS 0 TD
Randy Moss (8 G) 6 REC 80 YDS 0 TD
Lavelle Hawkins (6 G) 5 REC 61 YDS 0 TD
TOTAL 131 REC 2088 YDS 16 TD
Now let's compare this to other teams with equal or lesser records:
Dallas: 168 REC 2286 YDS 18 TD
Washington: 157 REC 2268 YDS 9 TD
Houston: 199 REC 2516 YDS 16
Detroit: 195 REC 2333 YDS 19 TD
Minnesota: 166 REC 2011 YDS 10 TD
San Francisco: 111 REC 1602 YDS 9 TD
Buffalo: 179 REC 2403 YDS 17 TD
Cleveland: 144 REC 1753 YDS 7 TD
Cincinnati: 236 REC 3036 YDS 19 TD
Denver: 223 REC 3233 YDS 18 TD
Carolina: 127 REC1632 YDS 6 TD
Arizona: 187 REC 2453 YDS 10 TD
This means that of the teams with equal or worse records, Tennessee has the 3rd least receptions, leading San Francisco and Carolina and the 5th least yards. Also, Tennessee's passing yards rank 25th overall in the league with less than 200 yards per game (194.2 to be precise).
This is arguably the best player in this year's draft and some have even called AJ Green the best WR prospect of all time. If he would drop to the 8th pick, there's no way a team should not draft him. He's too good not to pass up.
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Yes (270 votes)
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