So, now that the Bengals have taken who they rated as the top offensive player in the draft, they face the question of how do they get who they want to throw the ball to him? Supposing that person would be Andy Dalton, he probably won’t be there at pick 35. Do they risk it, or do they trade up with New England? And if they do trade up, how much do they give up?
With so many needs (Oline, Dline, Safety, OLB), they should give up none of their 2011 picks. Not even their pick at 35.
If I were the GM, I would offer the Patriots our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th picks in 2012, with the hope of recouping those picks from the eventual trades of Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco. In the end, it would be like trading Palmer and Chad for their replacements. Plus, it would also put them in the position of taking someone like Brooks Reed, Marvin Austin, Akeem Ayers or Rahim Moore with the #35 pick. They can’t ignore their needs on the other side of the ball.