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Bengals get their QB: Andy Dalton

4/29/2011

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton with their second-round selection (No. 35 overall). Dalton is expected to combine with first-round receiver A.J. Green to make up the team's passing connection of the future.

There was a lot of nervousness in Cincinnati, because it was unknown if it could land its targeted player. It was no secret the Bengals needed a quarterback and had their eye on Dalton. But the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills were in front of Cincinnati.

New England did not trade its second-round pick and the Bills chose cornerback Aaron Williams, which set the table for the Bengals to land Dalton.

With Carson Palmer wanting a trade and threatening to retire, Dalton likely will compete with Jordan Palmer and Dan LeFevour for a starting job. The Bengals also could look to add a veteran in free agency. But landing one of the top-rated quarterback prospects takes a lot of the pressure off Cincinnati to go in that direction.