July 29, 2014

Report Card

I'm going to need my red pen for this one.

Here’s my report card for the A.J. Green pick at No. 4

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I initially felt this pick was a “C-minus.” Now, I’m thinking “D.” Will A.J. Green really help this team win games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore in November and December? And maybe it’s just a test, but Green did terrible on the Wonderlic, and he was also suspended by the NCAA I believe for improper actions while at Georgia. That seems scary for a No. 4 pick.

Furthermore, how many receivers does this team need? Until Chad Ochocinco is traded – which seems inevitable now, and with little gain – the Bengals have him, Green, Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell, Jordan Shipley, and Jermaine Gresham as receiving targets. Even with Ocho out, that’s five targets and not all of them can get on the field at the same time. Furthermore, Simpson and Caldwell, who were impressive in the final three games last year, are free agents after next season. It will be harder to evaluate or develop them given the logjam of receivers. I’m also disappointed in the way the team has handled Ochocinco’s trade value, which is nonexistent now.

Plus, Patrick Peterson was still on the board, an impact player who could have stepped in at safety. Maybe Green will entice Carson Palmer to come back, but I wouldn’t count on it. Sigh.

It’s exciting that the Bengals got the best offensive player on their board – and other teams’ too – but that’s about it.

It’s a solid “D.”