According to Jeff Schultz, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Falcons need to give away whatever they can to secure A.J. Green in the 2011 NFL Draft. Said Schultz, “…Thirty-two games, 166 catches, 2,619 yards, 23 touchdowns. He’ll be better than fine. The Falcons shouldn’t let him leave the state.”
While it’s true that Green could be the next star in the NFL, the Falcons need help on defense—not offense.
Sure, Green would be a welcome addition—if they could land him—but sitting at No. 27, the Falcons would have to give up a lot for the potential that Green brings to the table. And, for my money, I’m willing to bet that Thomas Dimitroff isn’t interested in mortgaging the team’s future on any one player—no matter how much “wow” he has to offer.
In truth, if the Falcons are looking to move up for any Georgia Bulldog, they may need to take a hard look at Justin Houston. Houston showed well at UGA’s Pro Day as well, and he would make a nice compliment to John Abraham coming off the opposite edge. Furthermore, he’s projected as a late-first, early second round pick—more than gettable for the Falcons—and has the kind of work ethic and attitude that Dimitroff covets.
As a Georgia fan, it would be great to see A.J. Green continuing his success in the state of Georgia but, to be honest, I’d much rather see the Falcons fill the needs that will immediately help the team—not just put more rear-ends in the seats.