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Holtzman: Georgia Wide Receiver A.J. Green On Top Of The Bengals Draft Board

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Wide receiver A.J. Green of Georgia runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Wide receiver A.J. Green of Georgia runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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During ESPN's SportsCenter special (aka pre-draft show), Bob Holtzman reported that the Cincinnati Bengals have Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green on top of their draft board. This isn't too terribly surprising, considering that Green is the odds on favorite to become this year's fourth overall selection. If Green is selected before the Bengals, then the board falls to a "handful of defensive players."

We can only assume those players include LSU's Patrick Peterson, Alabama's Marcell Dareus and even Auburn's Nick Fairley, whose stock we've seen drop slightly.

Holtzman pointed out though that the Bengals are working the phones to drop down in the first round, making a trade "if the deal is right". We largely assume the "deal" would benefit the Bengals in selecting TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.

But if no trade happens by the time Cincinnati is forced to make a selection and A.J. Green is still available, then expect the Bengals to draft Green fourth overall.