Everybody and their brother knew that the Bengals would draft A.J. Green in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. We wrote so many A.J. Green articles that we actually began to run out of A.J. Green stock photos. I don't know if you noticed or not, but there were a couple posts that I had to insert a hand drawn picture of him.
Obviously I'm a hell of an artist.
The second day of the draft was a different story, though. With the Bills needing a quarterback, it was unclear as to whether or not the quarterback that the Bengals were rumored to have targeted would fall to them, TCU's Andy Dalton. For a while, we figured that the Bills would probably take Dalton and the Bengals would take Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. We even thought that the Bengals would have to trade with the New England Patriots to move up from No. 35 to No. 33 to get Dalton.
It didn't quite work out that way, though.
The Bills ended up taking Texas cornerback Aaron Williams, leaving the Bengals to draft their quarterback, and draft him they did. Before the clock countdown even reached five minutes, the Bengals' pick was in and Anthony Muñoz announced that, with the No. 35 pick, the Cincinnati Bengals would select TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
Since that pick has been announced, we learned that Bengals owner Obviously, the coaches won that little battle. Then we were informed of Dalton's leadership ability, after he was quoted saying that he know's how to push his guys.disagreed with the selection of Dalton, preferring Mallett, but it was the coaches who like Dalton.
Said Dalton when asked if he could be a leader: "I know how to push guys and knows that it takes to push guys."
After Dalton was selected, it seemed as though the pick were just flying off the board and in no time, Roger Goodell announced the Bengals' third-round pick.
The Bengals selected their first defensive player in Nevada outside linebacker Dontay Moch.
Moch was awarded with first-team All-WAC honors, was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and he set Nevada's single season sack record at 11.5 sacks. Moch was able to set that record because of his ridiculous speed (4.3 40-yard dash) off the edge. We pointed out that Moch's skill set makes him an obvious passing situation quarterback head-hunter, which will help the Bengals get to the quarterback before the ball leaves his hand.
Moch, Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Pat Sims and Michael Johnson will combine their pass rushing powers into some sort of football version of Voltron: Masters of Sacking Quarterbacks.
So far, the Bengals have picked up their elite wide receiver, the quarterback that they seemed to want for a while now and an athletic freak of an outside linebacker. What is in store for us in the fourth through seventh rounds tomorrow?
I don't know but I can't wait to find out.
Oh and just to send you to bed with a warm happy feeling, the news broke today that the NFL owners were granted a stay from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Welcome to 2011 NFL Lockout 2.0!