September 3, 2014

Florio: A.J. Starting Hall of Fame Career

A.J. Green: Hall of Fame potential?

If you’re an avid reader of PFT, you might have seen this little blurb from Mike Florio as part of his week 12 “Ten-Pack.”  It’s nice to see that A.J. Green’s phenomenal talent is gaining more and more attention in league circles.  Besides, if Marvin cannot contain his enthusiasm about the kid, then I dare say he must be very special.  Here’s the full text on Green from PFT:

Receivers taken in the first round of the draft often underwhelm at the NFL level.  Bengals rookie receiver A.J. Green provides the latest exception to that rule.

He’s Randy Moss without the attitude, making great catches via a long body and uncanny ball skills that leave players like 2010 first-round pick Joe Haden helpless when trying to stop him.

Green’s three-catch, 110-yard performance against Cleveland included a 51-yard play that set up the game-winning field goal.  After the 7-4 Bengals reversed a two-game losing streak by beating the Browns, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis gave Green the ultimate endorsement.

“He’s the best first-round draft pick I’ve ever been around,” Marvin Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He continues to amaze me, every day.”

How big of a deal is that?  In 1996, Marvin Lewis worked in Baltimore, where the Ravens picked up tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis in the first round of the draft.

Both are headed for Canton.  In Marvin’s assessment, Green already is on the trajectory.

And Marvin is right.

…And we hope they’re both right.