Bengals help pass rush


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Cincinnati Bengals make the first AFC North selection of Day 2, taking Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson in the third round (No. 70 overall).

Cincinnati needs pass-rushing help and may have added it with Johnson. He was third in the ACC with nine sacks last season but fell to the third round because he struggles with consistency.

But for the third round, Johnson could be a solid value pick if coached properly. Starting defensive end Robert Geathers is coming off major knee surgery and Antwan Odom on the other side underperformed last season, despite a big contract.

The Bengals will pick again at the end of the third round as the compensatory selections begin to roll in. Cincinnati has the No. 98 overall pick, which is the second-highest compensatory pick in this year's draft.

The New England Patriots have the top compensatory pick for 2009, one spot ahead of Cincinnati at No. 97 overall.