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SB Nation New York 2011 NFL Mock Draft: With The Fourth Pick, Cincinnati Selects ...

A.J. Green, WR, Georgia.

I know all about the standoff between the Cincinnati Bengals and veteran quarterback Carson Palmer. I know Palmer says he will retire rather than ever play for the Bengals again. I know Missouri's Blaine Gabbert is the No. 2 quarterback on the list, and a lot of analysts think Cincinnati will select Gabbert here.

I am just not buying the idea that the Bengals will take a quarterback here and cave to Palmer this easily.

Green is the consensus best player on the board at a position of need other than quarterback for the Bengals, thus he is the choice here.

SB Nation's Mocking The Draft summarized the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Green this way:

Few rookies will have the opportunity to contribute as quickly as Green, and perhaps no player in this draft is better suited to play in the NFL immediately.

AJ Green: The Perfect Receiver (via johnsobasky)