2011 NFL Draft: Could the Bengals Be Replacing Ochocinco and T.O?
2011 NFL Draft will come to see the many teams moving on in many ways into new eras. But, the Bengals will truly be looking to change their look on offense in the draft one way or another.
When one thinks about the Bengals over the course of the last decade or so; losing and Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson's antics comes to mind right away.
But, that might finally be coming to an end with the draft and off-season this year.
The Bengals are have had alot to deal with already this off-season with Carson Palmer's retirement threats and the on-going drama of their much maligned wide receivers.
But, the Bengals don't appear to be budging off their stance of trading Palmer as GM Mike Brown said, "I haven't talked to any other team about him and I have no plans to trade him," Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Bengals' official website".
With that said the team has worked out Ryan Mallett, and have been looking at the other top quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton.
They could also go quarterback in the second round with players like Ricky Stanzi and Andy Dalton being players to look at.
The Bengals could have their pick of the litter at quarterback as the team's ahead of them could look at other positions.
Mel Kiper seems to think that the Bengals will take Cam Newton. Which would be another player that the organization would have to deal with that has controversy written all over him.
But, A.J Green has been the pick that many people see the Bengals ending up with. His athleticism and ability to make plays basically make him a "no-brainer" for Cincinnati; who could most probably be moving on from the Chad Johnson era.
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. believes that defensive end and linebacker are the top needs for the Bengals.
So does James Walker of ESPN who said, "unless the Bengals are 100 percent certain they will trade Palmer or he will retire, they may want to address other needs in the first round, like the defensive line. Cincinnati needs more help with its pass rush up front."
They could get an elite pass rusher at the 4th overall pick, but they could use the pick more beneficially on offense.
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