Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
The Bengals should hope that Gabbert is available at #4 and someone covets him enough to swoop in and take the pick off their hands.
I chuckle every time I see their name attached to A.J. Green. How has picking a WR top-10 worked out for teams over the years?
Darrius Heyward-Bey (#7 - 2009 OAK) BUST
Calvin Johnson (#1 - 2007 DET) HIT
Ted Ginn Jr. (#9 - 2007 MIA) BUST
Braylon Edwards (#3 2005 CLE ) BUST
Troy Williamson (#7 2005 MIN) BUST
Mike Williams (#10 2005 DET) BUST
Larry Fitzgerald (#3 2004 ARI) HIT
Roy Williams (#7 2004 DET) BUST
Reggie Williams (#9 2004 JAX) BUST
Charles Rogers (#2 2003 DET) BUST
Andre Johnson (#3 2003 HOU) HIT
David Terrell (#8 2001 CHI) BUST
Koren Robinson (#9 2001 SEA) BUST
Great odds here.
Depends how you slice the data: How has picking a WR in the Top-5 worked out for teams in the last 10 years? 3 out of the 5 picks worked out great (A.Johnson, C.Johnson, and Fitzgerald) with the other two (B.Edwards and C.Rogers) showing talent but suffering due to injury and/or off-the-field issues.
If the Bengals stay put at 4, Green or Peterson (as a S, still must re-sign JJ) has to be the pick.
If the Bengals draft Gabbert, my daughter may grow up rooting for a different team.
If Dalton, Ponder and Locker are gone by the time the 2nd round pick comes along, I'd be OK with Kaeparnick, Mallet, Solder or Carimi.