Sunday morning, finally, official reports came from A.J. Green through UGA Athletic Association press release that the Junior will forgo his senior year in Athens and enter the NFL Draft.
Even with a four game suspension (that hindered the football team) it didn’t hinder Green’s status as a top-5 draft pick in this year’s draft. Now that Stanford Cardinal QB Andrew Luck is set to return to college for his junior year, Green might now be the number one overall pick to the Carolina Panthers; if drafted #1 overall, it would be easy for his family to travel to the games, his hometown is Summerville, S.C. .
The 6’4, 220 pound junior is a very talented football player. Over a three year college career, in which he has played for three different QBs at Georgia (Stafford, Joe Cox, and Aaron Murray) had 166 catches for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns. Despite his awesome play, the Dawgs win total has decreased dramatically, including a 6-7 season in 2010. Green, in a teleconference Sunday afternoon said these were tough decisions with him. According to the ajc.com, he told Georgia HC Mark Richt that he decided to go pro Thursday, but did not announce it today. He called the relationships he made as a Bulldawg a “brotherhood” and “Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog”.
Truer words have never been spoken.
He knows that there is a possibility that the NFL may be locked out next season, but there will still be a draft, and those aren’t things that concern him right now, according to reports.
The Bulldawg Nation is also awaiting reports to see if junior outside linebacker and second team All American Justin Houston will return for his final year at Georgia. Earlier this week junior offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant announced that he would return for his senior year. After a breakout year as a freshman in 2007, his 2008 and 2009 seasons were ruined with knee injuries. He returned this season, initially in limited action, but regained his starting job midway through this season. Sturdivant (like all good players that can be better) wants to improve his draft status.
Green will make one hell of a wide receiver at the NFL level. He had to go sometime. Damn good Dawg, and its a shame you couldn’t play a full season this past year. Good luck and stay healthy!
(stats and quotes used in this article from espn.com and ajc.com)