The Bengals took TCU quarterback Andy Dalton in the second round of the draft, giving themselves a possible replacement for Carson Palmer.
Palmer decided at the end of another season that he wanted out. He told team owner Mike Brown he would retire if he's not traded. So far, Brown has said he has no plans to deal him away.
By taking Dalton, the Bengals have given themselves a backup plan in case Palmer doesn't return.
The Bengals then chose Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch in the third round of the draft, finally adding someone to their defense.
With their first two picks, the Bengals set about replacing their top offensive players. They took receiver A.J. Green in the first round, giving them someone who can take over for Chad