Andy Dalton to Cincinnati Bengals: NFL Draft 2011 Scouting Report

Dylan MacNamaraSenior Writer IApril 29, 2011

In the days leading up to the draft, there was a lot of speculation that Andy Dalton could find himself taken in the top half of the first round. 

That obviously didn’t happen. 

Though Dalton lacks the arm strength of Ryan Mallett or the athleticism of Cam Newton, the former TCU Horned Frog is a proven winner. 

He has above-average arm strength and showed during his four years at TCU that he throws with enough accuracy to fit throws in tight windows. 

However, Dalton played in a primarily spread system at TCU so he’l have to acclimate to playing under center in the NFL. He also throws with a bit of a three-quarter release that some teams could take issue with.   

All in all, he offers great value at the top of the second round and should have a chance to compete for the starting job as a rookie.

The Bengals have very little depth at QB with Carson Palmer forcing his way out of town. Dalton should compete with Palmer's brother Jordan for the Opening Day starting job.