Sunday, April 17, 2011
2011 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton Could be a Match Made in Ohio
That being said, it still leaves the Bengals with a problem which needs to be fixed in this draft.
The quarterback who Kiper and McShay both think will be available when the Bengals pick again at No. 35 is TCU quarterback, Andy Dalton.
That is the perfect selection for this team and someone who could be NFL ready right out of the draft. He's also someone the Bengals have already met with according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Dalton is someone who is going to strive for perfection. He's also someone that doesn't have a lot of injury concerns especially after starting his final 26 games at TCU over the last two seasons.
He's also going to learn as much as he can as quickly as he can. He'll spend time in the film room and he is going to pick as many brains as he can to make sure he knows everything about the Cincinnati offense, if in fact they want him with their first pick in the second round.
Draftniks still have concerned over his "lack of heighth" and speed but Dalton has never been the kind of quarterback who is going to take off and run. They do however admit he makes good decisions with the football.
He's the perfect pick in the second round but we can not count out how the Carson Palmer factor is going to play when draft day actually comes around. Though the Bengals' front office and draft personnel aren't sweating right now, when they're forced to actually make a decision on a quarterback going forward, there is no telling what might happen to their decision making at that point.
There is going to be a lot of debate over whether the Bengals are really going to use their third overall pick on a wide receiver. If they are pushed into a corner with the 'trade or retire' threat they may have no choice but to select a quarterback with their first overall pick.
At this point the Bengals are staying strong and expect their starter to report to camp. But when draft night comes around and that third overall pick looms large, do not be surprised a bit if they call Cam Newton and tell him he's going to be the newest member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
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