By Nicholas Minnix on April 28, 2011
Fantasy analysis: Green was not only the best wide receiver available but arguably the top skill player on offense in the pool, perhaps the most talented receiver to enter the league since Calvin Johnson did. He has the ability to produce immediately.
The problem is the Bengals' quarterback situation: Cincinnati's front office is coming to the realization that Carson Palmer's public, adamant desire to play elsewhere isn't a bluff. It's pretty unlikely that this team will go into the 2011 season with a QB who has acquired much experience, let alone enjoyed much success. On many fronts, the Bengals will be a team in transition (which, in essence, is the state of the team perpetually, in some form, anyway).
The Bengals have a terribly intriguing group of young wideouts (Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell), with Green the crown jewel. They have no incentive to play Chad Ochocinco, if he's still around. Unless practicality sets in for most owners, Green stands a good chance of being overvalued in fantasy football drafts, since they'll acknowledge the talent and ignore the likely dire situation. With many questions unanswered, it'll be difficult to gauge the potential impact of his upside for a while, however.
Cincy's selection seals Ocho's long-term fate with the organization. His deal expires after the upcoming season, and the Bengals were rumored, even expected, to try to deal him, especially if they were to draft a top talent at wideout.