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Senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, in his piece on grades around the league, was one of the more harsh judges of the Bengals' selections. The highlight of the excerpt about them read, "Don't think for a minute A.J. McCarron, their fifth-round pick, will take Andy Dalton's job. It's a backup thing."
He was also critical of the selection of Jeremy Hill.
I can admit that in the short term, McCarron is not a Bengal to take Andy Dalton's starting position. To think he is ready to lead an NFL offense is naive—winning in college football is much different than winning in the professional game.
As for Hill, Prisco didn't seem to enjoy his being selected at all by the Bengals, or at the very least, being picked in the second round. It's true that Carlos Hyde was the more popular running back at the time who was available, but a big power back to replace BenJarvus Green-Ellis (be it this year or next) was needed.
In an overall sense, Prisco seems underwhelmed by the selections, which is why he gave what I perceive to be an "average" grade.