A.J. Green picks NFL powerhouse CAA agency

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Georgia’s A.J. Green’s is considered the top wide receiver in the NFL draft. Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com

Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green has signed with Creative Artists Agency, the home of super agents Ben Dogra and Tom Condon.

CAA also represents several Falcons, including quarterback Matt Ryan.

Green, of Summerville, S.C., is being projected to go in the top 10 of the draft.

“A.J. is going to be a fine addition to an NFL team and a major impact contributor in this league,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.  “Giving his combination of size, athleticism and big-play making ability, he’s going to do some excellent things in this league.”

The Falcons select 27th and will not have a shot at Green, who was a three-year starter at Georgia and ranks third in school history in receptions (166) and receiving yards (2,619) and second in touchdown catches (23).

It would be pretty costly, but should they trade up to get him?

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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CATERDAWG

February 16th, 2011
10:35 am

Sid

February 16th, 2011
10:35 am

FIRST (CATERDAWG)

February 16th, 2011
10:36 am

dawgfacedboy

February 16th, 2011
10:39 am

I would love to see AJ every Sundy but they have bigger needs on the D. THey should be able to find an offensive speedster later on.

Josh Smildress

February 16th, 2011
10:43 am

Please. It would be so awesome

Bradley G

February 16th, 2011
11:01 am

Greg from Marietta

February 16th, 2011
11:11 am

NO! Granted he is a good player and would probably contribute to the offense but just think of what would have to be sacrificed to trade up. I’m afraid that the cost would be to great.

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WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
11:28 am

WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
11:30 am

Negative…Rather have a possession receiver, like Kris Durham, to go with Roddy White.

Cornerback Smurf (Grimes)

February 16th, 2011
11:34 am

We need CBs and DEs!!

Sid

February 16th, 2011
12:02 pm

I still say Kerry Meier is going to be a bigger version of Steve Largent, provided his rehab is thumbs up.

JONESBORO SLIM

February 16th, 2011
12:14 pm

A WR I think that would be a good fit is Jon Balwin out of Pittsburg 6′ 5 230lbs and 4.4 speed in the 40…I look forward on seeing him in the combines……

JONESBORO SLIM

February 16th, 2011
12:16 pm

@Sid….good point we just forgot him…he did look good in pre-season

Tyler

February 16th, 2011
12:21 pm

AJ would be a great addition to Roddy but he would cost us too much to trade up. I couldn’t agree with dawgfacedboy more. We go after Baldwin from Pitt or a DB.

Georgia Sports Report

February 16th, 2011
12:26 pm

Holy Cow. For the first time ever our falcons fans are being totally sensible.

bigcalidawg

February 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

A.J. will do well, but his R.A.C. on throws downfield, was low. He can return punts and lord knows we threw him the ball a ton on WR screens, but downfield he goes up, gets it, and falls down.

He is actually a much better possession receiver than Durham, because he catches everything. (Durham has had the dropsies)

He also plays much bigger than he really is. He might catch a face mask, or 2 in the league, as he will stiffarm a defender in a heartbeat.

He carried himself very well. His suspension was one big, steamy pile-o-XXXX. He never got into any trouble and was a DGD.

No end to the misery

February 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

Great, Monday they no longer think that they rep me but sign a bunch of athletes who probably can’t write their names in the dirt with a stick. Don’t know if it’s true but couldn’t waste the line.

JuneBaby

February 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

I’d move up to get him if i could. On the NFL level you need either a; a great qb, or b; great wide recievers, and since the falcons have no intention of moving Ryan, they need to go for plan b; great wide recievers. It’ll be worth it to them in the long run as it would help cover defiencies in the passing game.

JuneBaby

February 16th, 2011
12:47 pm

“difficiencies”

OF COURSE

February 16th, 2011
12:51 pm

He has the most sure hands i have seen since umm i dont know..so why not.

FACTS

February 16th, 2011
12:52 pm

Any team that passes on a talent like Dez Bryant isn’t a gonna make much noise come draft day!

Gwinnett Fred

February 16th, 2011
12:53 pm

Only aa very select few WR’s are worthy of being taken in the top half of the first round. And Greene is NOT one of them. Do research, save money & picks & NEVER take a WR in the first round!!!

I submit for your review a list of 1st round WR picks by the Falcons:

Shawn Collins – 1989 – Lasted 3 years before finishing with the Frankfurt Galaxy

Mike Pritchard – 1991 – Lasted 3 years & caught a whopping 422 career passes

Michael Jenkins – 2004 – If not for Roddy White – he’s the Falcons ALL TIME best 1st round WR

So there you have it. Four 1st round WR’s and that has turned in 1 All Pro, 1 disappointment and 2 completet bums! Not exactly value for your pick (although, with the likes of Aundrey Bruce out there…..

P.S. – Same can be said for RB’s: That list includes Joe Profit, Bubba Bean (with the #9 pick no less), Steve Broussard, Tony Smith, TJ Duckett and the lone good player – Gerald Riggs.

So we are 1 for 4 in WR’s in the 1st round and 1 for 6 with RB’s.

First round picks need to be either QB’s, impact defensive players or O-Linemen!

Jesse Stone

February 16th, 2011
12:54 pm

JuneBaby- You were correct the first time.

eagleman

February 16th, 2011
12:54 pm

Fix the issues on defense first, maybe go after another local product Cameron Heyward with the first round pick. Someone like Hankerson from Miami would be a great pickup on Day 2 of the draft.

RTR

February 16th, 2011
12:56 pm

Julio Jones!!!!!!!!!!!! JULLLLLIIIIOOOOOOOO

The Sham

February 16th, 2011
12:57 pm

Absolutely not! If we trade up, it better be to grab that CB Peterson or top DE prospect.

We need a spread the field WR, but not at that price.

FACTS

February 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

@ Gwinett Fred

Right theme, wrong idea, those picks were made by bad coaching staffs & even worse scouts if you back & look at some of players taken before the guys the Falcons chose you might learn something.

jfreak13713

February 16th, 2011
1:02 pm

Trading up does not seem a Falcon / Patriot type move. In most cases they seem to trade down to get more solid talent rather than fewer great talent? Green would be a nice addition to the offense but not at the expense of the entire team. I wish him luck but it won’t be with the Falcons.

Jeff

February 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

They should only trade up if a team is willing to accept Jenkins and Brian Vangorder for a top ten pick. The Falcons really need a lock down corner though so that is what they should take in the 1st.

FACTS

February 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

After reading some of the posts on here it seems like a lot of the fans have the same ” bend but don’t break” attitude toward the draft. If the Falcons continue that way, they will always remain a second tier team. We & Patriots were exposed in the playoffs, when crunch time came no playmakers stepped up on either side of the ball!

Dawgfan0711

February 16th, 2011
1:20 pm

Would love to see AJ in the ATL, but we all no that ain’t going to happen. Would cost a fortune to move up into the top five picks. AJ will go in the first four picks.

Buzz

February 16th, 2011
1:21 pm

Get a real receiver like “CALVIN JOHNSON”!!!!!

Buckeye

February 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

AJ will go to some obscure/loser team and we’ll never see him ( See Calvin Johnson).

Gwinnett Fred

February 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

@ FACTS:

I think you missed my point. I was only noting Falcons miseries drafting WR & RB in the first round.

The point is, for every 1st round RB or WR you can name that was a stud, I can name you at least as many and probably more that were drafted 4th round or later!

WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

Calvin Johnson still in the NFL? I thought “white shoes” retired in the 70’s

Gwinnett Fred

February 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

@Buckeye:

You mean we’ll never see the Calvin Johnson THAT WAS JUST IN THE PRO BOWL?? or is there another Calvin Johnson you are blabbering about that we’ll never see??

WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
1:31 pm

You got a point there…Fred…

There are a lot of Johnson’s…

WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

Jesse Stone

February 16th, 2011
1:37 pm

Falcons do not need o trade up for the poor man’s Calvin Johnson

WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

Wasn’t CJ the poor man T.O.

Jesse Stone

February 16th, 2011
1:41 pm

No, check the salaries. T.O is the poor man’s CJ…with a team destroying attitude. How many of the 32 owners would rather have T.O than CJ?

Jesse Stone

February 16th, 2011
1:42 pm

If Detroit could keep their man-spoonin’ QB on the field, Calvin would put up even better numbers.

WinderDawg

February 16th, 2011
1:45 pm

4,000 yards for CJ to 15,000 for T.O….CJ has a long way to go…..

bjohnDawg

February 16th, 2011
1:48 pm

Love him…but no. bigger needs to be filled.

FACTS

February 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

@ Gwinett Fred

The Stud vs Dud in previous drafts can be argued by any NFL fan of any team. 1st rounders like Matt & Roddy are expected to produce. When is the last time we actually took the best player on the board that turned out to be a playmaker besides those two I just mentioned.It is a given that teams must fulfill needs every year but ponder this thought for a minute what if Green Bay would not have snatched up Rodgers back then, because they already had a reliable QB. I am just saying that our scouts totally stink plain & simple.

Jesse Stone

February 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

T.O= Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Tony Romo, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer. Calvin Johnson = John Kitna, Dan Orlovsky, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Stafford, Drew Stanton, Shaun Hill. T.O has also been in the league much longer. Again, ask ANY GM in the NFL. Which do you think they’d choose?

JB

February 16th, 2011
3:00 pm

Sitting on my couch watching us lose to Green Bay, not having AJ was not the reason we lost. Next question?

Sid

February 16th, 2011
3:31 pm

@Gwinnett Fred February 16th, 2011 12:53 pm
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As long as we are talking about WR drafted in the first round let’s add Peerless Price to that list. We traded our 2003 1st round (#23) pick to Buffalo for what could possibly be considered the biggest bust in NFL history. But I am not going to get to caught up in the past, this is a different regime and we have football people making decisions based on winning championships and not greedy owners who just wanted a huge profit.

Nathan Darling

February 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

Yes he would be a beast with roddy white trade Micheal Jenkins and Norwood for him.