AUBURN AL - NOVEMBER 13: A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs pulls in this reception against Craig Stevens #46 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
This post is part of a continuing series in which we break down 13 2011 NFL Draft prospects - our Baker's Dozen - that should interest the Buffalo Bills. Keep up to date on our Baker's Dozen series here.
A few weeks back, we spoke with Dan Kadar of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft about Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and his potential fit with the Bills. The short version of that conversation: Jones is a good fit for Buffalo, but not at the expense of taking him over Georgia's A.J. Green.
So Dan's back today to talk about Green, a player so talented that I still refuse to discount him as a darkhorse contender for the Bills at No. 3 overall, even though I think we all know it probably isn't going to happen. Kadar's thoughts on Green and the Bills are after the jump. On the docket: Green versus Lee Evans, how easy it is to get Green involved offensively, and whether a logical "BPA" argument can be made for the Bills picking Green.
A few weeks back, you told me that Lee Evans had similar talents to Green. (I assume you were talking in terms of being deep threats.) Last year, Chan Gailey had a lot of trouble getting Evans involved offensively. Could something similar happen with Green, or is he too good?
Kadar: Correct, I was referring to their vertical ability. Where Green is far better than Evans is in his ability to adjust to, and catch, bad passes. That's taking into account his good leaping ability and catching low balls over the middle. There's also the size issue, where Green has the obvious advantage. Green would give Buffalo a better chance of getting a top wide receiver involved, but that's ultimately up to the play calling and whoever is throwing the ball.
The Bills have a lot of productive, solid young guys (Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, Donald Jones). They legitimately go nine deep at receiver. Does that depth inhibit even a BPA argument for Green to Buffalo?
Kadar: Who the Bills have probably would stop them from taking Green with the third pick. The only trouble is that it's impossible to know exactly what Johnson, Nelson and Jones will do next year. I think any honest Bills fan will admit that each had a breakthrough season in 2010, Johnson in particular. So by draft day, Buddy Nix will have to determine if the seasons each of those players had was a fluke, and if Nelson and Jones can get a little more productive.