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AJ McCarron drafted by Cincinnati Bengals at No. 164

NEW YORK -- AJ McCarron's tumble down the draft board has ended in Round 5.

The Cincinnati Bengals selected the Alabama quarterback with the 164th overall pick on Saturday at Radio City Music Hall.

McCarron -- a two-time national champion -- joins a Bengals quarterback group that includes starter Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell and Josh Johnson.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier Saturday that team executives were left with questions about McCarron's personality after a series of pre-draft visits. According to Rapoport, teams wondered how McCarron would handle adversity and if he was liked by teammates. His decision to skip the Senior Bowl in his hometown was also questioned, as was the reality show McCarron stars in with fiancée Katherine Webb.

McCarron was a consistent winner at Alabama who played in a pro-style system under Nick Saban. His physical limitations are well-documented, but he has large hands and good size at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds.

This is a drop that has to sting for McCarron, especially after he publicly stated his belief he'd go anywhere between No. 16 and 35 overall. That said, this isn't a bad landing spot, especially with uncertainty around Andy Dalton's long-term future in Cincy.

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