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A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 5:54 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Back on Dec. 22, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green took to Twitter to angrily deny a report that he had already elected to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft . You can't blame him, with his Bulldogs in the process of preparing for a bowl game that could -- and eventually would -- doom them to a losing season at the time.

But no one save a handful of glass-entirely-full Bulldog fans expected that to mean anything but a delay of the inevitable, and now the inevitable is official : Green will be turning pro a year early.

He leaves Athens on the shortlist of the greatest receivers in Georgia history, with 166 receptions for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns in only three injury- and suspension-shortened seasons. Green and fellow class-of-2008 blue-chipper Julio Jones -- Green the acrobatic, elegant yin to Jones' beastly, uber-athletic yang -- both entered college football with outsized expectations. Both more than lived up to them as "A.J. or Julio?" debates sprang up across the SEC during their three years. And now both will see their names called in the first round of the same draft.

But if Green is remembered as having personally delivered on his immense potential, he'll also be remembered for playing on teams that didn't deliver on theirs. As we wrote when the first reports of Green's declaration surfaced, his three years in red-and-black coincide with the three most disappointing seasons of the Mark Richt era in Athens: the 2008 fall from preseason No. 1, the 2009 7-5 underachievement, and now the 2010 crash-and-burn all the way below .500. No one who's watched Green would blame him for those failings, but it won't change the feeling that Richt and the Bulldogs could have accomplished more with arguably the most purely talented college receiver since Larry Fitzgerald at their disposal.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:54 am

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

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Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:57 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

peoplemay think AJ Green is overrated but in the games he played in this year he averaged about 95 yards a game. He is a big wide out at 6'4 he has decent speed and he's physical which all teams like in the NFL. this year draft has alot of big in talented wideouts. which means there will  be alot of steals at WR in the draft

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:30 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

Maybe over-rated A.J. Green will finally have a 1,000 yard season after going pro.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:37 am

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

You really can't blame the kid.  Three QB's in three years UGA and he'll still be a top 5 pick.  I think he's by far the beat WR in the country and as a Gator fan I'm damn glad he's headed for the NFL. 

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:01 am

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

I was hoping he wouldn't do it, but no one can blame him. I feel like UGA has been holding back from his full potential. Hopefully he will be amazing in the pros.

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:53 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

With the loming NFL lock out, Green took a chance in this one. But he also prevented injury and chased his dream. his dream was not to be  a lawyer, Doctor or anything like that. He wanted to be in the NFL. Congrats. He will most likely be the first choice in WR's and make a ton of money doing what he always wanted to do, play football.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:46 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

As much as we would love to have you come back for another year, I believe that I speak for most UGA fans when I say THANK YOU, for without you I can't even imagine how bad the last couple of years could have been. I wish you much success and a long and healthy NFL career.


P.S.  Mark Richt, it is time to get moving in the right direction, the Bulldog Nation will not continue to stand for mediocrity. 

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:16 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

Of course losing Green is going to hurt, but it seemed like the offense was set up to be dependant on him, and now that he is gone, maybe Bobo can try and get Murray some easier looks. Should be easier for Bobo to chose plays now that he doesn't have to try and get the ball to a specific player.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 6:19 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

The well in Athens will remain dry if Richt can't recruit in state. Basically, if Richt loses all those great recruits in state this year, he had better be gone next year or boosters may quit boosting.

As for Green, special is an understatement! Think about this...Georgia has had a ton of really good players go to the NFL and play a heck of a lot better in the pro's than college, so with Green's talent probably being held back by an average coach, he will probably be a hall of famer if he can stay healthy. Good luck Green you are the bext WR in Georgia history, sorry Hines Ward, he got you.

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:22 pm

A.J. Green officially declares for NFL draft

Not all Doom and Gloom in Athens, GA.  AJ was an excellent player and you cannot fault him for going pro, but lets not forget that he was one part of an excellent receiving corps and with a year under Murray's belt they will only improve.  Brown will have to stand up to his full 6′5″ potential, maybe look more in the flats for Charles. Plus lets not forget that already on the team is Michael Bennett, 6′3″, 4.58-40 and a 40″ vertical along with others like King, Wooten, Gray and Troupe. We still have Scott-Wesley and Conley coming in and this may help secure Mitchell and Rome is they think they can have an immediate impact. While AJ was excellent the well is not dry in Sanford for Murray to select from.

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