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Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

For the man many have described as the “safest” and “most NFL ready” player in the 2011 Draft, you sure don’t sA. Green (US Presswire) eem to hear much about A.J. Green. The Georgia wide receiver is projected by many to be selected No. 4 overall by the Bengals.

But pause and ask yourself, why is that the case? The Bengals have three young receivers in Jordan Shipley, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson. True, Caldwell and Simpson have been inconsistent if not downright ineffective. But Bengals owner Mike Brown has never been big on admitting his mistakes. His tendency is to keep high draft picks who turn into bad players on the roster as long as possible.

What if Green falls past the Bengals (who badly need a defensive end, by the way) and gets scooped up by the Cardinals? Given the presence of Larry Fitzgerald and rise of Steve Breaston and Early Doucet in ’09 (not to mention the intriguing flashes of last year’s third-round rookie, Andre Roberts), the notion sounds ridiculous. But Sports Illustrated's Peter King floated the idea in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback and backed it up with a little known nugget:

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For those who've asked about Larry Fitzgerald's frame of mind if Green's the guy, I don't think the Cards are worried. Fitzgerald won't be doubled as much with Green on the other side. And for those who've wondered why in the world the Cards would take another receiver with so many holes on the roster, remember this: As Dez Bryant free-falled last year, the Cardinals seriously considered trying to run up into the late-first round area to try to get him.

To be clear, this is NOT a prediction that Green will go to Arizona. The Cardinals have greater needs at quarterback and outside linebacker. But the chances of Green going to Arizona appear to at least be greater than zero.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:52 am
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

The Cardinals could go after AJ Green at the detriment of getting a high quality Qb, but I think they would be better served if they improved their linebacking....but then again I don't get paid the big bucks by cbssports to write this article. You can have the best recievers in the world, but without a competent QB those talents are wasted. Ask Vernon Davis. Ask Larry Fitzgerald. EVeryone knows that it all begins and ends with the QB position. But I do see the Cardinals drafting Green and trading him to another team and allowing the Cardinals to move back into the first round (late) and early second round.



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

Hightower has had his chance to shine and if it hasn't happened yet then it ain't ever going to.  Beanie has more upside than Hightower at this point and as for Von Miller and Ponder either of them would be a great pick for the Cards.   But the thing is I don't believe Ponder will still be there in the second round.  He is the most NFL ready QB out of this draft class and I'm sure a lot of teams have figured that out as well.  



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

Cards fan here.......just a small question about all the Ingram talk paired up with Beanie Wells. Why would that be such a great combo? Beanie has yet to prove his worth or even outright take the starting job completely away from Tim Hightower, Beanie can't live on his college career forever, he will have to prove his worth before the Cardinals will ever consider letting Hightower go or giving Beanie the full time job......or much less using a high draft pick to bring in another college star to tandem with him.
The Cardinals will take Von Miller if he's available at 5 and then my guess is they will go after Christian Ponder with their second pick. I think Gabbert is overrated and Cam Newton is Jamarcus Russell all over again....IMO




Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

@budgreenbay
Ingram and Beanie would be a great tandem in the backfield.  Both of these guys could carry the rock 20 plus times each and it would save on the wear and tear that comes with the position.  For defenses to go against two big backs that do have some speed, they are not just bruising backs, it would wear the other team down as the game goes on.  For a backfield to be successful there doesn't need to be a smash and dash guy.  All that matters is if the rbs can block good and can move the chains.  To have two players who could be every down backs how could that not be a positive addition to any team?

Also the Cardinals have a pretty good group of young receivers that can get the job done. Even though A.J. Green would be a nice addition to their team, they should focus on positions that are in dire need of talent like QB-RB-CB-LB.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:48 am
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

Green would be excellent trade bait if he is still available for selection by the Cardinals. AZ could pick up a 3rd Round pick and still get a 1st Rd QB if they use a possible Green opportunity to best advantage.



Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:57 am
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

I think the bengals take green,they arent that bad at de as you may think.



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:10 am
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

One other thing - Ingram is not a good complement to Wells since they are both inside runners.  Defenses wouldn't have to worry about gap discipline since there is little threat of a cutback run, and just crash the middle. 

Bulger is going to be the only likely FA they can afford to bring in, and he is a broken shell of the qb he was 6 or 7 years ago. 



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:04 am
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

AZRaider32-

The reason teams don't fear the run against the cards is because they have no reason to fear the pass game.  It's all too convenient for teams to stack the box when Derik Anderson is missing unmarked wide receivers by 10 yards on each pass.



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:53 am
 

Would Cardinals consider A.J. Green?

A.J. Green would be a nice fit to compliment Fitz but I say you can never have too many running backs.  They should definitely go for Mark Ingram to share the rock with Beanie Wells.  Hightower and the other rbs that the cardinals have is not getting the job done well enough to make teams fear the run game.  With Ingram back there and Beanie teams will have to respect the run and that will open up the offense even more. Then as for the quarterback position bring in either Kolb or Palmer or even Bulger to act as a band- aid until they can find a more suitable guy to take their place.  Anything is better than Skelton or whoever else they have playing behind center.  


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