Clemson Football: Could Tee Higgins be the next AJ Green?

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 25: Jamyest Williams
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 25: Jamyest Williams /

2018 will be the first year that Clemson football sees what Tee Higgins is truly capable of. Could he be the next AJ Green?

Clemson football sophomore Tee Higgins shared snaps behind Deon Cain at wide receiver in 2017. Here in 2018, though, Higgins is expected to be the starter at the boundary position.

Higgins finished his 2017 campaign with 17 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns.

While he looked good, especially at the end of the season, we will truly get to see what Higgins is made of this year.

Higgins, a 5-star wide receiver out of Tennessee, has a long wingspan and has that rare ability to go up and get 50/50 balls.

A familiar look…

When I watch Higgins’ game more closely, he reminds me of one of the NFL’s best wide receivers: AJ Green.

Green, who played his College Football in Georgia, has grown into a physical force who can go up and get 50/50 balls on fade routes and catch the back-shoulder fades with efficiency, as well.

Green is 6-4 and 207 pounds.

Higgins, interestingly enough, is 6-4 and 201 pounds. By the time the 2018 Clemson football season begins, Higgins may be pushing that 205-208 range.

The two are almost identical in play. Higgins has that ability to catch the back-shoulder fade and I think he’s going to be instrumental in the Tiger offense in 2018.

Higgins may be a couple of tenths slower in the 40-yard dash than Green, but he makes up for it with the fact that he’s going to be a bit more physical than Green was in college. Higgins, in my opinion, has a great career ahead of him.

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He’s without a doubt an NFL-caliber player and the road to the pros starts this season for the young sophomore. Who knows? Maybe Higgins will be the next boundary receiver for the Bengals in a couple of years.