#1 A.J. Green WR, University of Georgia
A.J. Green was the obvious and most "MOCKED" pick of the draft for the Bengals. Green will bring what Gruden and Mortenson has stated, "the best offensive player in the draft." Yahoo has compared him to the likes of Larry Fitzgerald. This means so long, Ocho Cinco and GO GREEN. Green has the size, 6'4", and athleticism to wow fans next year. There are not many first year receivers that make a large impact on a team. Even Dez Bryant for the Dallas Cowboys had his growing pains and injuries last year. But this kid definitely has the stuff to be a long time Pro Bowl player. Can't wait to see him in stripes!
Another Bengals Page: A+ (when Jon Gruden says he is a stud, so do we!)
Bleacher Report: A+
#2 Andy Dalton QB, TCU
Andy Dalton, small 6'2" and 220 pounds fiery red head quarterback from TCU. Word from ESPN, Adam Schefter was that Brown and ownership wanted Mallett and Gruden and Lewis wanted Dalton. Coaches 1, Ownership 0. Now that never happens, does it? Did Lewis want Chris Henry, God rest his soul, or did Brown force him to play him? Chris Henry was an exceptional athlete. We personally liked watching the Carson Palmer to Chris Henry 50 yard connection. So if Jay Gruden wanted him, I want him. Have you seen Gruden's track record? Dalton can run the west coast offense, his arm strength is not what it should be. He is a fiery leader, Carson is not. Everything seems to be changing on the field for the Bengals. So let's chalk this up to, change is good!
Another Bengals Page: A- (only because Mallett did look like a good fricking traditional pro talent)
Bleacher Report: B+
#3 Dontay Moch LB, Nevada
"He has freakish talent," Nevada defensive coordinator Andy Buh said. When he puts his mind to it, he's unstoppable." At the 2011 NFL Combine, Moch ran a 4.44 sec 40-yard dash, best among all linebackers and defensive linemen.
Moch is a freak of nature. Raw athlete. Thank God, Mike Zimmer gets a hold of him. Zimmer should mold this guy into a freaking unreal NFL talent. He is 6'1'' 245 pounds and a motor that doesn't quit.
#4 Clint Boling OG, University of Georgia
The 21-year-old Boling played as a true freshman, starting 11 games in 2007, 12 in 2008 and 13 in 2009. Boling has played guard, right tackle and six games at left tackle in 2009. He will play left tackle this season. Boling is a good athlete, who played tight end at one point in high school. He runs well and is a smart, young player.
Boling was NFL.com top 5 offensive linemen in the 2011 NFL Draft. This is a key pickup. Carson Palmer is holding himself hostage in California because he is safe. Last year, behind the line he was not. The Bengals truly need to address the line issues this year and this is a great start!! The Bengals really did steal him. The three of the four guys ranked above him went in the first round. Boling can play LG or anywhere on the line. Hopefully, he will protect whoever will be at Quarterback next year and keep them upright.
Another Bengals Page: A (Bengals have Georgia on their mind)
#5 Robert Sands S, West Virginia University
Former Bengal, John Thornton stated that he has the ability to start next season. Some say he was a reach. Either way Sands was a productive Safety for West Virginia. Chris Crocker, Roy Williams, and even Ndukwe is always injured. The depth alone is worth the pick.
Sands is a tall, rangy, high-cut safety. Speed is better than average. Covers a lot of ground after reaching top speed. Can play the point or deep half. Huge catch radius and good hands to pull down the tough interception. Willing, aggressive and productive in run support and coverage over the middle. Sure-tackler. Displays solid awareness.
Ryan Whalen, Korey Lindsey, and Jay Finley franklin will get cut or possibly make the practice squad. So we are not even going to expound. I think the Lindsey pick was a reach, Whalen, really? I mean, once Ocho and T.O. exit stage left there is still a barn full of receivers. Lindsey has been said to be the one of the three that might have a shot. I have even read that he may be a replacement if they lose Joseph. Not sure I see that happening. I see Joseph back or the Bengals would have had more urgency earlier in the draft to pick up a CB.