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1. (4) WR A.J. Green, Georgia: This is a great pick here, as the Bengals get arguably the most talented player in this year’s draft. Green also fills the team’s biggest need, as they will need a new No. 1 receiver since Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are unlikely to return.
2. (35) QB Andy Dalton, TCU: Another great selection for the Bengals, as Dalton will likely be the long-term franchise quarterback. He is an excellent player who should become a solid starting quarterback, and this likely means the end to the Carson Palmer era in Cincinnati.
3. (66) OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada: Wow, the Bengals continue their string of good draft picks here with Moch. He should challenge for a starting spot right away, and he’ll form a nice linebacker trio with Rey Maulaga and Keith Rivers.
4. (101) OG Clint Boling, Georgia: I think this is a solid pick here. Boling was an experienced starter in the SEC, so he could also compete for a starting spot next season.
5. (134) S Robert Sands, West Virginia: I think this is decent value for Sands here, but I don’t really get why Cincinnati took him. He is very similar to Roy Williams, but this might mean Williams won’t be back.
6. (167) WR Ryan Whalen, Stanford: Whalen will give the Bengals depth at wide receiver, but he’ll likely only see time on special teams next season.
7. (207) CB Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois: Lindsey won’t provide much on defense, but he could make the team for special teams.
7. (246) RB Jay Finley, Baylor: This pick was made toward improving depth at running back, but there were more talented backs available.
Final Team Grade: B+
I wasn’t overly impressed with the Bengals' late-round selections, but they hit a home run with their first few picks.
The combination of Dalton to Green will be a popular one in Cincinnati for years to come. Dontay Moch will make a nice starting linebacker, and even fourth-round pick Clint Boling could compete for a starting spot next season.