Leading up to the draft, Who Dey Live will be profiling a number of players who could be targets for the Bengals based on their position or their expected draft spot.
Here are my thoughts on Georgia’s A.J. Green.
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6’3″ – 211 pounds
What I like: Green would give the Bengals an impressive core of young talent on offense. He’s known as a good route-runner and an excellent deep threat so he could open up things underneath for Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley. He’s got great size and speed for a receiver and has pretty good hands as well. Drafting Green would make things pretty easy on Cincinnati’s quarterback, whomever that would be.
What I don’t like: Cincinnati has invested a lot of draft picks in receivers lately (Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell, Jermaine Gresham, and Jordan Shipley). There are glaring needs elsewhere and championships aren’t usually won and lost with skill position players. Furthermore, Green has missed some time for an NCAA suspension so he doesn’t have a spotless record in the character department. His blocking skills have also been questioned.
Final thoughts: Cincinnati’s best chance to be competitive in 2011 (if there is a season), is a return to the power-running game. Green doesn’t help much in that department. Plus, receivers often take a few years to develop (see: Simpson, Jerome). In my mind, it just doesn’t make any sense for the Bengals to select a receiver with so many other issues surrounding the team. I’m hoping all the mock drafts are wrong and the Bengals go somewhere – anywhere – else at No. 4.