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LSU's Jeremy Hill watches other running backs and knows their value, even as they become a lesser commodity in the NFL draft.
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23.4: Percentage of passes 15 yards or longer that Michigan State's "No Fly Zone" secondary allowed opponents to complete last season. That number was the best among automatic qualifying conference schools.
The Bengals released backup quarterback Josh Johnson on Monday, two days after they took Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the fifth round of the draft.
AJ McCarron might have come off as a bit arrogant before last week's NFL draft, predicting that he would be picked somewhere in the first or early in the second round. Well, that didn't quite happen. The former Alabama quarterback slipped all the way to the fifth round, finally going to Cincinnati with the 164th overall pick.
If NFL Draft prospects were evaluated solely based on winning, former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron may have gone No. 1 overall — The Crimson Tide won 34 of their 36 games with McCarron as the starter.
Through its eight-player draft class, Cincinnati showed how serious it was about having a more physical offense was. Half the Bengals' picks were offensive players, but two players in particular should contribute to the renewed focus on rushing that new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has promised to bring. Other anticipated undrafted free agency additions make that even more evident.
Sweeping conclusions are par for the course with any NFL Draft, and this year was no exception. Among the many that have been made since the weekend is that Andy Dalton’s job as the Cincinnati Bengals’ starting quarterback is in jeopardy because the team made former Alabama star A.J. McCarron a fifth-round draft pick on Saturday.
AFC North Bengals: 8-to-5. Ravens: 9-to-4. Steelers: 9-to-4. Browns: 6-to-1.
The starting quarterback job in Cleveland will not be handed to Johnny Manziel. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said today that the Browns coach Mike Pettine has told Johnny Manziel to start acting "like a backup quarterback.