Grade the Bengals' 2012 draft

May, 7, 2012
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You've seen the grades handed out by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, so now it's your turn. Each day, we'll look at the draft for one team in the AFC North and ask you to put a grade on it.

Either post a comment below or send me one to the AFC North mailbag. At the end of the week, I will post a fans' report card that includes all the division teams along with selected commentary.

First up is the Cincinnati Bengals. Here's what they did in the 2012 draft:

First round: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. The Bengals needed a young cornerback and he could play right away depending on Leon Hall's recovery.

First round: Kevin Zeitler, G,Wisconsin. He is projected to be the starting right guard when the season begins.

Second round: Devon Still, DT, Penn State. The Bengals needed to address depth on the defensive line and picked up last year's Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
Third round: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers. Cincinnati is looking for a No. 2 wide receiver, and Sanu caught a Big East-record 115 passes last season.

Third round: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson. The Bengals got stronger -- Thompson did 36 bench press reps at combine -- to stop the run.

Fourth round: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia. Big-name talent coming out of college will upgrade Bengals' No. 2 tight end spot.

Fifth round: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa. Biggest impact should come on special teams considering logjam at cornerback.

Fifth round: Marvin Jones, WR, California. Underrated talent will compete for No. 2 job opposite A.J. Green.

Fifth round: George Iloka, S, Boise State. Good size and speed but has a habit of missing tackles.

Sixth round: Dan "Boom" Herron, RB, Ohio State. An inside-the-tackles runner who has to make an impression on special teams.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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