Georgia junior receiver A.J. Green said Saturday that a possible NFL lockout is “not going to be a part of my decision,” of whether to enter the NFL draft.
Green would stun most observers if he doesn’t enter the draft because he’s projected as a top-five overall draft pick.
“I’m close,” Green said about his decision. “I’m going to talk to my parents a little more and we can see what’s best for me.”
Green said he was among several Georgia players that met with Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay last week on campus.
“He just talked to the people that potentially could leave,” 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’t plan to get an evaluation because “they can see what I can do on the field.”
Boykin told reporters after Georgia’s first bowl practice Saturday he hasn’t 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.
“I’m not going to think about the lockout,” said Green, who before Saturday had said that he would.
Green said he’s 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 “a 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’s some collective bargaining agreement issues going on and there’s some uncertainty. I know he doesn’t feel like he’s accomplished everything he wanted to accomplish coming into Georgia. Will that be enough to keep him in town? I don’t know.”
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