2011 NFL Draft, 50 in 50: A.J. Green - WR - Georgia (48 of 50)

With just one more full day before the draft, we are knee deep in looking at the potential top ten players that will be selected in this year's draft.

The 49ers already possess a fairly good receiving squad. Some fans even think that they will be among the leagues best if they can land a good quarterback to get them the ball. Although a quarterback can certainly make a difference, it takes two to tango... so-to-speak.

Michael Crabtree has not yet lived up to being the top ten selection that was spent on him a couple years ago. However, he has shown flashes of having the capability. It will be up to coach, Jim Harbaugh to bring out the best in Crabtree. And ultimately, if he doesn't, then we could see Crabtree depart from the roster sooner rather than later.

This year's rookie class at the wide receiver position is probably about average. There are a couple of guys that are well-worth a first round selection. There are plenty of receivers that are serviceable. And then there are those who will come out of nowhere either drafted in the late rounds, or  as undrafted  free agents. 

After the jump, we will take a deeper look at arguably the best receiver coming out this year in A.J. Green. Some will argue that Julio Jones could wind up being better. But A.J. Green just does so many things with precision.

If you've already seen A.J. Green in action then you probably already know what he is good at. He is for the most part good at everything. He runs route's with precision. He has hands that must perspirate glue come game time because he catches most everything. His athleticism is above the bar in terms of the average NFL talent. All of those things are illustrated quite well in the video above.

 

Here are his career stats while at Georgia:

Stats Overview Receiving Rushing Fumbles
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2008 56 963 17.2 54 8 4 61 15.3 28 0 0 0
2009 53 808 15.2 65 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 57 848 14.9 50 9 3 44 14.7 40 0 0 0
2010 Regular Season Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/4 Louisiana-Lafayette W 55-7 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
9/11 @South Carolina L 17-6 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
9/18 Arkansas L 31-24 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
9/25 @Mississippi State L 24-12 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
10/2 @Colorado L 29-27 7 119 17.0 50 2 1 40 40.0 40 0 0 0
10/9 Tennessee W 41-14 6 96 16.0 33 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/16 Vanderbilt W 43-0 3 64 21.3 48 1 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
10/23 @Kentucky W 44-31 6 86 14.3 34 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/30 Florida L 34-31 4 42 10.5 15 1 1 -2 -2.0 0 0 0 0
11/6 Idaho State W 55-7 6 103 17.2 46 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/13 @Auburn L 49-31 9 164 18.2 40 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/27 Georgia Tech W 42-34 8 97 12.1 22 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 Postseason Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
BOWL OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
AutoZone LIBERTY BOWL @UCF L 10-6 8 77 9.6 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Summary: I believe that Green will be better than a guy like Randy Moss. His work ethic is far beyond what Moss' is or was early on, and his tangibles, along with his presence on the field could make him better in the long run. The chances of Green becoming a Pro Bowl caliber player are there for the taking. No matter what team drafts Green, I think he will be one of those special players that excel despite bad circumstances. If there was no other way to go for the 49ers, and they wound up with no trade-back options, and all of the top players on their big board were gone, Green at number seven would not be a big disappointment... at least in my view. With a combination of Michael Crabtree and A.J. Green... along with the other wide receivers currently rostered, it would make whatever quarterback that was there much, much better; not to mention the Frank Gore and Vernon Davis X-factors.

PREDICTION: 1st Round.

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