The Name is Dalton

Clearly, Cincinnati needs another quarterback. With free agency and trades essentially on hold until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, the draft becomes the only option. And this year’s quarterback class is filled with a lot more questions than answers. Can Blaine Gabbert adjust to an NFL offense after playing in the spread? Can Cam Newton stay out of trouble? Does Ryan Mallet have the requisite intangibles? You get the idea.

If I had a voice – and I don’t, except for those willing to humor me on this site – I’d suggest that the Bengals draft TCU’s Andy Dalton. First off, he should last until at least the second round, allowing the team to address another area of need first. Next, the kid has four years of extensive experience in college. His size is adequate (listed at 6-3, 220 pounds) and his accuracy is very solid (he completed 66.1 percent of his passes last season). Plus, he can run a little bit (averaging five yards per carry last season), his statistics improved every year and the guy is a proven winner who showed up in big games.

He may need some time to adjust given the leap in athleticism he’ll face in the NFL, but I like his intangibles and his winning pedigree. So if he’s there in the second round or even the third, I’d be ecstatic if the Bengals selected him. Especially considering his last name.

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