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 s 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:
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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