On April 28, Radio City Music Hall in Mid-Town Manhattan New York City will be filled to the brim with NFL owners, members of the media and invited players who are waiting to hear which teams will announce their names. What used to be a seldom watched event has become one of the biggest media events of the year.
2010: OT Trent Williams, (Redskins)
2009: LB Aaron Curry (Seahawks)
2008: RB Darren McFadden (Raiders)
2007: DE Gaines Adams (Buccaneers)
2006: OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Jets)
2005: RB Cedric Benson (Bears)
2004: QB Philip Rivers (Chargers)
Walker mentions that the Bengals are in a good position to get a solid producer with the fourth selection in the 2011 draft. The Bengals are quarterbackless now that Carson Palmer has announced that he wants to be traded or he'll retire. The last franchise quarterback taken in the No. 4 spot was the Chargers' Rivers, who was one quarterback in a strong class including Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
Unfortunately there is no Rivers, Manning or Roethlisberger in this year's draft class so a quarterback selection with the No. 4 overall pick would be a risky one. However, the Bengals should be in prime position to draft a game-changing wide receiver, a pass rusher to compliment Carlos Dunlap, a defensive lineman to shore up the interior line or a defensive back to take the place of Johnathan Joseph, if he doesn't come back, and if he does, a defensive back that may be able to play safety.
All in all, the list above looks pretty promising to me. It will be interesting to see how Mike Brown's No. 4 pick stacks up against these.