Updated:NEW YORK, Ny. — The Cincinnati Bengals made receiver A.J. Green the first Bulldog to be picked in the 2011 NFL Draft after selecting him in the opening round with the fourth overall pick on Thursday night.
Green, a 6-4, 212-pound native of Summerville, S.C., was selected to the 2010 Walter Camp All-America Second Team and to the Pro Football Weekly All-American Team after leading the team with 57 catches for 848 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist finished his three-year career with 2,619 yards receiving with 23 scores in just 32 games played.
Rennie Curran was the first Bulldog chosen in the 2010 draft after he went in the third round. Green joins Matthew Stafford (2009 – No. 1 pick) and Knowshon Moreno (2009 – No. 12) as the three first round picks over the last three seasons.
Geno Atkins was taken 120th overall in the fourth round of last year's draft, marking the last time the Bengals selected a Bulldog. In the 2005 draft, Cincinnati drafted David Pollack as the 17th overall pick in the first round.
~ Georgia Sports Communications