Bengals Face Question Marks with the Fourth Pick in the Draft

If you've been keeping track of potential top five picks in this years NFL draft, you'll start to feel like you're watching clowns piling out of a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle. After Nick Fairley lit up the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship game he became the first popular choice to be taken #1 overall. However, Fairley fell out of grace when questions about his work ethic and character surfaced. Another trendy choice was Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation in sacks last year, but one knee surgery later, and some mock drafts commonly have him slipping out of the top five.

Of course that was back when nobody thought that there were any QBs worthy of a top five selection. Now it's almost a surefire bet that Carolina and Buffalo are going to select Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert (maybe not in that particular order). It was also before Patrick Peterson turned in a 4.34 forty yard dash time at the combine and Marcel Dareus became the consensus top defensive tackle in the draft. AJ Green was also considered a sure fire lock as a top five pick at wide receiver until Julio Jones burned up the combine with a 4.39 forty time, a 38 inch vertical and an 11 foot broad jump - a performance that had reporters like Peter King saying that he's moved ahead of Green on the Bengals draft board. Throw in Von Miller and Prince Amukamara, and you have yourself a certifiable migraine trying to figure out who should the Bengals should draft with the fourth pick on April 28th.

Unfortunately for the Bengals, none of these prospects are 100% locks to be stars in the NFL -- it seems like every single candidate this year has red flags. For guys like Patrick Peterson and Cam Newton, there have been questions about character. Some draftnicks have Nick Fairley pegged as a one-year-wonder. Julio Jones and Da'Quan Bowers both have injury concerns. Prince Amukamara, Marcel Dareus, and Blaine Gabbert all have production concerns. And apparently, AJ Green has some practice/effort concerns, not to mention below average wonderlic scores (we think he spelled his name correctly on the test, but can't verify it). 

Are you dizzy yet? Nauseous? Feeling sensitive to light? That's the migraine talking.

So to say the least, the fourth pick in the draft is going to be a hard decision for the Bengals to nail down. What it might come down to, is which player ends up being the safest choice at #4. My money is still on AJ Green, but for those of you who think that he's a lock, think again. There might not be a single lock in the top five this year.

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