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2011 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Pick Andy Dalton For Carson Palmer Insurance

Andy Dalton’s five-year career at TCU probably didn’t prepare him for life with the dysfunctional Cincinnati Bengals offense, but with their second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Bengals have made Dalton, one of the top remaining quarterbacks after the first round’s run on the position, their official Carson Palmer insurance. The good news: At least he gets A.J. Green!

The Bengals won’t know what their offense actually looks like until the NFL lockout is fully lifted, and they know the plans of aging pieces like Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens, but whatever happens the Bengals have used their first and second-round draft picks to provide a plausible-looking future to their offense.

Mocking the Draft likes Dalton’s accuracy and foot-speed but notes that there are concerns about his arm strength. If he can hit weapons like A.J. Green over the middle, his arm strength might be a non-issue—he’ll do the boring stuff, Green can be the dynamo.

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