Grading the Bengals' 2008 draft

May, 11, 2011
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We continue our look at 2008 draft classes with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Draft picks: LB Keith Rivers (first round), WR Jerome Simpson (second), DT Pat Sims (third), WR Andre Caldwell (third), OT Anthony Collins (fourth), DT Jason Shirley (fifth), S Corey Lynch (sixth), TE Matt Sherry (sixth), DE Angelo Craig (seventh), WR Mario Urritia (seventh)

Analysis: The Bengals had a lot of draft picks, acquiring 10 new players. But despite so many picks, the Bengals didn't get much impact out of this draft. Rivers is a solid starter, but I would like to see more impact plays from him as a former top-10 pick. Simpson was a non-factor with Cincinnati for nearly three years before coming on strong in the final two weeks of last season. In 2011, Simpson has to prove that wasn't a flash in the pan. Caldwell and Sims have both developed into decent role players, which is not bad for a pair of third-round picks. It's not an awful draft for the Bengals but certainly not an impact draft. Simpson's development could be key to improving this final grade.

AFC North blog's draft grade: C-

On Thursday we will take a look at the 2008 draft of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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