Bengals draft Carson Palmer’s replacement

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Dalton could quickly move to the top of the list. Lewis thinks he can be ready to start next season.

“I feel real confident in that, if he had to,” Lewis said. “I really do. And I think that’s what really drew us to keeping our fingers crossed so much, what we felt was his maturity and his readiness to be able to stop in.”

The pick didn’t surprise Jordan Palmer, who led workouts in California this week with Bengals receivers, tight ends and running backs.

“I kind of figured that with the situation right now, you need to start picking for the future,” Jordan Palmer said, in a phone interview. “He’s a high-value guy right there. I wasn’t really surprised.

“As far as him coming in, I think it was a good pick. All I want is a chance to compete.”

The Bengals chose Dontay Moch from Nevada in the third round, a pick for down the line. Moch played mostly defensive end in college, and the Bengals plan to turn him into a linebacker. He’ll be a special teams and third-down player initially.

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