Chicago Bears NFL Draft: AJ Green could give Bears a lockdown corner

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Draft profile

AJ Green has the prototypical size to play the cornerback position. At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he measured 6-foot-1 and weighed in at 197 pounds. This ideal size means he’s strong enough to play with the league’s bigger, more physical receivers, but still fluid and fast enough to play with the speedsters.

While his 4.62, 40-yard dash time at the Combine might not jump off the page, Green told me he tweaked his back during the bench press event, and that it impacted his run. His performance at Oklahoma State’s Pro Day on March 10th seems to suggest the impact was significant. According to scouts in attendance, he was clocked unofficially between mid-4.4 and mid-4.5 during his runs.

Green was a three-year starter at Oklahoma State.  Playing in the pass-heavy Big 12 Conference, he was heavily and frequently tested, seeing a variety of coverages and working in a number of schemes. In those three years, he recorded six interceptions and 21 passes defended. This past year he was named to the second-team AP All-Big 12 team and honorable mention on the coaches’ All-Big 12 team.

The team that selects Green is going to get a highly athletic and skilled cornerback, who can slide into a variety of roles at the next level. Hopefully, that team is the Chicago Bears. When we recently caught up with AJ we discussed what he would bring to whichever team ends up calling his name in this year’s draft.