Every year the question about who is the best comes up right before the NFL draft. When it comes to the wide receiver position there are only two names that come to the top. Before the combine workouts, everyone had AJ Green as the clear cut number one. One of the reasons is that Green comes from a passing offense that featured his skills and his skills alone. Julio Jones stepped his game up at the combine, basically outperforming Green in ever category. The only knock on Jones was supposed to be speed. Ironically he outran Green in the combine too.
When you watch these guys run routes, they are very similar. Jones is a more polished receiver in tight areas, where Green does appear to get better separation on the field. Jones is by far the better blocker as he had to be to allow guys like Mark Ingram to be dominant enough to win the Heisman.
The question remains, which will be the better pro. Make no mistake about it, both are worthy of being the first receiver taken. If you take a look at the board, the only team that may be looking for wide receiver help is early is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals played with veteran wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens this year as young guys like Quan Crosby, Andre Caldwell, and Jordan Shipley emerged as the heir apparent. Crosby is more of a special team’s guy but adds speed to the Bengals. Caldwell is dependable, and Shipley was arguably the best of the bunch last season.
Both Jones and Green are a great fit for the Bengals. They both bring a combination of size and speed to a team that appears to be in need of both. If they plan on keeping Ochocinco, and it doesn’t appear that they do, then Jones is the better fit. However if they let Ochocinco walk, then its hard to argue with drafting Green. If I am Marvin Lewis, I love this situation because I can trade down for more picks and still get one of them as only 2 or 3 wide receivers will be drafted in the first round.
The Bengals have another dilemma as they have to figure out who is going to throw to whoever they draft. It’s apparent that Carson Palmer may be done as well. So maybe the Bengals fool all of us and go with a quarterback. Stay tuned as this drama continues to unfold in Cincinnati.
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