Today, for the sake of variety, we offer one reason to feel good about the Georgia Bulldogs. His name is A.J. Green.
He is, for want of a better word, great. He should be the best receiver in the country. (Yes, better than Alabama’s Julio Jones.) If Aaron Murray can throw the ball in Green’s vicinity, he’ll snag it. Mark Richt’s precise description of Green: “He attacks the football.” He’s the finest Bulldog pass-catcher ever and, with all due respect to Stafford and Moreno and Greene and Hearst and Zeier, he could be the best UGA offensive player since Herschel.
The famous Mel Kiper of ESPN rates Green the fourth-best player apt to available in the 2011 NFL draft. (Green, as we know, is a junior.) Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. has him going seventh overall next April. And that’s coming off a season in which Green had Joe Cox as his quarterback and got hurt to boot. This fall could and should be far better. (Not that 2009 was bad.)
We around here were lucky to see a big-time receiver up close not long ago. His name was Calvin Johnson, and he played at Georgia Tech, and he was the second player drafted in 2007. Green is in that class. And that’s a class, to borrow Bum Phillips’ line about Earl Campbell, for which it doesn’t take long to call the roll.
Equal time: A reason for Georgia Tech fans to smile. (And it has nothing to do with Damon Evans.)