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Monday, May 9, 2011
Back to the future: Joe Haden vs. A.J. Green

By James Walker

Sometimes looking back at the past can help project the future.

Is that the case for upcoming meetings between Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and new Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green?

Joe Haden and A.J. Green
Former Florida cornerback Joe Haden, shown intercepting a 2008 pass intended for A.J. Green, will battle the former Georgia receiver twice a season in the AFC North.
These two top-end athletes will take their SEC rivalry to the AFC North in what should be great, one-on-one battles twice a season. Haden was a first-round pick for Cleveland in 2010, while Green was this year's No. 4 overall pick for Cincinnati.

So who has the advantage in this high-profile matchup? Judging by their two games in college, Haden at Florida got the upper hand against Green at Georgia.
Considering the possible variations of man and zone coverage, we double-checked the accuracy of these numbers with SEC blogger Chris Low, who says Haden was on Green "for much of the game."

Haden was 2-0 against Green in college and performed well in both meetings. Will Haden continue to have Green's number in the AFC North?

We don't have to wait long to find out. The Browns will host the Bengals in Week 1, where Haden likely will draw the assignment of covering Green in his NFL debut.

Can't wait!