Peter King’s Tuesday version of MMQB dives into a new but growing debate in draft circles. Could Alabama’s Julio Jones get taken ahead of Georgia’s A.J. Green?
King says the Bengals rank Jones ahead of Green on their early draft board. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt wouldn’t be surprised if Jones goes first, and many view Jones as the “safer” pick.
This is the time of year that many long-held draft beliefs start to be questioned. Green was seen as a lock as the best wideout in this class.
Sometimes, assumptions are challenged with good reason. (Matt Leinart or Jimmy Clausen’s draft stock being a good example.) Sometimes, all the chatter is nothing more than a smokescreen.
King says that the Bills won’t go wideout at No. 3 overall, so the first spot a wideout could likely go is Cincinnati. (Sorry, we’re not buying the Panthers’ interest in Green as the No. 1 overall pick.)
The Bengals have reportedly received mixed reviews of Green’s practice habits and ability to block. Jones doesn’t face the same concerns. Either way, the Bengals will be looking at the wideouts closely because they certainly have a need there.
“My boss loves offense,” coach Marvin Lewis said.