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Bengals Looking At Green Field

BPA-No Question, but how will Jay Gruden use his new weapon? And who will get him the ball?

In the end, the prognosticators were right for once, and what seemed like a very uncertain draft from our perspective ended up a certainty.  The Bengals sent up the card in the first round with a name on it everyone seemed to expect.

A.J. Green.

Green was considered to be the top offensive talent in this draft by several draftniks, scouts, and general managers.  He has elite size, speed, and body control, and reminds scouts of a young Calvin Johnson or Randy Moss.  With Chad Ochocinco probably gone, and with Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson heading into the final year of their rookie deals, getting the top WR talent in this year’s class ultimately made simple sense to Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown.

“As we began the draft process, I had a lot of people speak to me about what a dynamic player he is,” Lewis said. “He gives us a great threat, plays at a high level, does a great job running after the catch and has been a complete receiver. We’re excited to have him join our football team.”

New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and new wide receivers coach James Urban, who had dinner with Green during the scouting process, were ecstatic.

” The sky is the limit for him. With his desire to work and his ability to make plays, he’s going to make a lot of them.” Gruden said. “I’m fired up. We’re excited to start drawing up plays for him right now.”

“He’s very sharp,” Urban added. “He knows coverage recognition, he understands quarterback progressions, he understands how his route fits into the pattern. We were very impressed with him.”

As for the man himself, Green has long been associated with the Bengals at four, and even tweeted that he could see himself as a Bengal.  “I’m ready,” he said. “This is the best fit for me.”

The team will certainly try to re-sign either Simpson or Caldwell or both whenever football business resumes, and neither should be cost prohibitive.  Having said that, look for the team to draft at least one more WR in the coming days.

The Palmer Factor

Some are suggesting that this may bring Carson Palmer around.  The idea is that with all new, relative young targets and with divas T.O. and Chad Ochocinco gone, the situation in Cincinnati may be more appealing.  We will be watching with a keen interest to see if this does make a difference.  However, as previously stated we believe Palmer’s issue is with Marvin Lewis’ expectations more so than the receivers, though Palmer may think he can meet those expectations better with these new guys.

But to pose an important question again:  Do you really want to “win back” a guy who is willing to walk away from his teammates, his lagacy, the fans, and 50 million dollars? We aren’t so sure.

Trade Turned Down

One interesting nugget that Joe Reedy uncovered last night was that the Falcons had originally reached out to the Bengals about a trade, before consummating one with the Browns for the number 6 pick.  The Falcons gave up 5 draft picks, including next year’s first rounder, in order to take WR Julio Jones.  Apparently the Bengals were discussing the possibility, but ultimately decided the value Atlanta was offering wasn’t enough.

End Analysis

In the end, the Bengals got the top offensive player on most draft boards at pick number four, and filled a position of need.  It can be argued well that there were other areas in more need of attention, and that trading down would have been a good move.  However, with a new offensive coordinator and a changing of the offensive scheme, a change in personnel at the skill positions was warranted, and overdue.

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