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Predictions Come With The Cost Of Credibility II: Bengals Still Select A.J. Green

We've made so many predictions, conjectures, assumptions about the Cincinnati Bengals fourth overall selection, the room tends to spin. No, more like it rocks after hours within a ocean-based storm. At the same time, it's packed with excitement and anxiety. The weeks, days and hours leading up to the NFL draft is like a rebirth. Fans momentarily wipe out what happened the year before (or in case of the Bengals fan, 20 years) with young talent that has the potential of turning around a troubled franchise into hopeful champions.

One of those players is Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. By drafting the talented receiver in the first round, the Bengals no longer have to worry about rebuilding the wide receiver position, which will be stocked with young talent in Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley. Sure. There exists a possibility that the team will sport young receivers on a team without a franchise quarterback, but many teams deal with that every year. And there's always next year, or the year after that for a franchise quarterback if one doesn't come this year.

While I don't necessarily agree with the decision to draft Green for the overstated reasons, it seems fairly reasonable to conclude the Bengals will draft the Georgia wide receiver with their fourth overall selection.

We predicted the same thing several weeks ago and in a poll, 44% of you agreed, followed up with 14% of you saying Patrick Peterson and 12% saying Cam Newton.

On the eve of the NFL Draft, let's run those numbers one more time.

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