With the No. 4 overall selection of 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected wide receiver A.J. Green out of Georgia.
The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Green will immediately assume the No. 1 wide receiver role with the departure of Chad Ochocinco, who was drafted 10 years ago in the second round.
Green, 2008 second-round pick Jerome Simpson, 2010 third-round pick Jordan Shipley and ’08 third-round pick Andre Caldwell will be the Bengals’ top-four receivers this season.
The team also has 2010 first-round pick Jermaine Gresham at tight end.
Now the question is who the Bengals will get at quarterback. Will they trade back into the latter portion of the first round to take TCU’s Andy Dalton. Or will they roll the dice and hope a good QB will be available with the third pick of the second round?
As for Green, I think it was a solid pick for the Bengals. They needed a No. 1 WR of the future and they found him. He was clearly one of the best players left on the board and he fills an immediate need. I’m not a big fan of drafting based on need, but one could easily argue that Green was the BPA (best player available). In fact, only cornerback Patrick Peterson (who went No. 5 to the Arizona Cardinals) was rated higher by any respected draft analysts, and some had Green over Peterson.
So, kudos to the Bengals. You didn’t screw it up for a change.