Cincinnati Drafts A.J. McCarron with 164th Pick

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
A.J. McCarron will have to battle starter Andy Dalton for the quarterback position in Cincinnati. The Bengals took the two-time National Title winning QB with the 164th pick in the NFL Draft.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals got another quarterback to back up Andy Dalton, this one with a history of winning big games.

They took Alabama's A.J. McCarron in the fifth round Saturday. The Heisman Trophy runner-up fell to the 164th pick overall.

So it'll be A.J. McCarron-to-A.J. Green, but mostly in practice. Dalton is the unchallenged starter, and McCarron will have a backup spot for now.

Cincinnati shored up two areas on defense -- cornerback and line -- and drafted a potential starter at center and a power running back.

The Bengals drafted Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, LSU running back Jeremy Hill, West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke, North Carolina center Russell Bodine, McCarron, Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers, LSU receiver James Wright and Georgia Southern cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks.

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