Georgia junior receiver A.J. Green said Saturday that a possible NFL lockout is ‚Äúnot going to be a part of my decision,‚Äù of whether to enter the NFL draft.
Green would stun most observers if he doesn‚Äôt enter the draft because he‚Äôs projected as a top-five overall draft pick.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm close,‚Äù Green said about his decision. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm going to talk to my parents a little more and we can see what’s best for me.‚Äù
Green said he was among several Georgia players that met with Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay last week on campus.
‚ÄúHe just talked to the people that potentially could leave,‚Äù Green said.
Among the players at the meeting, according to Green, were outside linebacker Justin Houston, cornerback Brandon Boykin, offensive guard Cordy Glenn, kicker Blair Walsh and offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant. He said those players sent their names into an NFL underclassmen advisory committee.
Green said last month that he didn‚Äôt plan to get an evaluation because ‚Äúthey can see what I can do on the field.‚Äù
Boykin told reporters after Georgia‚Äôs first bowl practice Saturday he hasn‚Äôt made a decision yet, but also talked about areas of his game that need to improve.
McKay has served on the NFL Management Council working group that helps advise on collective bargaining issues.
Green said that his thoughts on the NFL lockout were based in part on hearing McKay, who serves on several NFL committees.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not going to think about the lockout,‚Äù said Green, who before Saturday had said that he would.
Green said he‚Äôs talked to former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, and former Bulldogs receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, now with the Cleveland Browns, about a possible lockout.
Earlier this week, Georgia coach Mark Richt said that Green had ‚Äúa lot of things to think about. I know he loves Georgia. He loves his experience at Georgia and he definitely wants to play in the NFL one day but he also knows there‚Äôs some collective bargaining agreement issues going on and there‚Äôs some uncertainty. I know he doesn‚Äôt feel like he‚Äôs accomplished everything he wanted to accomplish coming into Georgia. Will that be enough to keep him in town? I don‚Äôt know.‚Äù
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