Tag:A.J. Green NFL Draft
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:46 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 1:59 am
 

Report: A.J. Green to declare for draft [UPDATED]

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

[UPDATE: Green has told his Twitter followers that this report is "100% false." It's unclear whether that means he has not decided to declare for the draft or that he is definitely returning to Georgia.]

It's not surprising -- in fact, it's the complete opposite of surprising -- but it appears Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will be declaring for the 2011 NFL Draft. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , citing a report from a local Atlanta television station, is reporting that Green has made his decision and that he is "100 percent" committed to turning pro after his junior season.

While the timing of the report could be better where the Bulldogs' focus for a tricky-looking Liberty Bowl date against UCF is concerned, Green's decision has been expected virtually from the moment he arrived in Athens and put 963 receiving yards on more than 17 yards a completion as a true freshman. Over his three-year career, no one in the country hauled in highlight-worthy receptions more often than Green, and it will be a shock if Green goes any lower than the first six or seven selections in the draft.

So while Georgia can't claim to have not seen this coming, it won't keep them from being disappointed. Even for all of Green's immense talent, his three years in red-and-black coincide with the three most disappointing seasons of the Mark Richt era in Athens. The 2008 Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 preseason and lost three games, including a 49-10 humiliation against Florida; the 2009 team limped into the bowl season at 7-5 after an upset loss to Kentucky; and the 2010 Dawgs dropped all the way to .500 after even Green's return from suspension couldn't save them from falling to hopeless Colorado.

Green will be fondly remembered by Bulldog fans for his jaw-dropping talent, incredible catches, and even his blocked field goal to save a game against Arizona State in 2009. But assuming the Liberty is in fact his last performance for Georgia -- and there's no reaso nto think it won't be -- he'll also be remembered with the tinge of disappointment that the Bulldogs couldn't accomplish more with him around.



Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 11:53 am
 

Potential lockout could keep Green at UGA

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia wide receiver standout A.J. Green has been widely assumed to be as good as gone after the completion of the 2010 season with the Bulldogs.  Green is considered the the top wide receiver in the potential draft pool by most scouts, and among the top ten overall selections on most draft boards.  However, Green says that the looming NFL lockout could play a role in his decision to declare for the draft or return to Athens for his Senior year.  

“That’s really gonna play a big part in my decision,” Green said in regards to the draft and the potential lockout. “Because if they’re talking about a lockout, there’s really no point in me leaving.”

Green also made a point earlier in the season to mention that he felt like he owed something to the Georgia fans for missing the first four games of the season due to NCAA suspension.  Green is 20 academic hours away from getting his degree, something he says has been a goal of his since setting foot on campus.  But Green also admitted that playing the NFL has been a life-long dream, and acknowledges his final game in a Bulldog uniform may be coming soon.  He will not make a decision either way until after Georgia's bowl game, should they make the postseason.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:41 am
 

UGA's Green on NFL: 'I don't know'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia's A.J. Green didn't need the first four games of the season to quickly remind everyone of his rank among wide receivers in college football.  The seven catch, 119 yard, two touchdown performance (particularly this catch) in the Bulldogs losing effort against Colorado is just another set of highlights to add to Green's expanding NFL reel.  While it has not been set in stone that Green would enter the NFL Draft as soon as he is eligible, it has been widely assumed to be the case.

But Green claims that decision has not been made.  Yesterday during Georgia's media availability Green touched on the issue of leaving early and answered questions as to whether or not the suspension has had any effect on that decision
“I don’t know yet. But I do feel like I owe some of the fans some more stuff, just missing those four games. So I don’t know,” Green said. “Like I said, I’m gonna sit down with my family whenever the time comes and make the best decision for me.”
That's all nice and everything A.J., but you are not really fooling anyone.  For someone who has already shown an interest in capitalizing financially on his all-star status, there will be no surprises when Green declares for the NFL Draft following the season.  Green is considered by most to be the top wide receiver in a draft class that is significantly thin at the position.  For NF teams needing a playmaker that can have an immediate impact, Green will be their prize.

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