Grading 2009 draft: Cincinnati Bengals

July, 2, 2012
All this week, the AFC North blog will take a look back at the 2009 draft for each team in the division. For Monday, we'll review the draft for the Cincinnati Bengals:

First round: Andre Smith, OT

Second round: Rey Maualuga, LB

Third round: Michael Johnson, DE, and Chase Coffman, TE

Fourth round: Jonathan Luigs, C

Fifth round: Kevin Huber, P

Sixth round: Morgan Trent, CB, and Bernard Scott, RB

Seventh round: Fui Vakapuna, FB, Clinton McDonald, DT and Freddie Brown, WR

Thumbs up: Smith is making this class look better after being one of the most improved players in the league last season. He needs another strong season in 2012 to prove he's a quality starter. Some were disappointed by Maualuga's first season as an NFL middle linebacker, but I think he has a future there with his athleticism. The best value has been Scott, who has exceeded expectations and has become a very productive backup.

Thumbs down: Johnson has been a minor disappointment, although he ranked third on the team last season with 5.5 sacks. He'll remain a role player if Carlos Dunlap becomes an every-down lineman. Huber hasn't lived up to being a fifth-round prospect. His rankings as a punter have been: 19th in 2009, 25th in 2010 and 20th in 2011. The biggest bust was Coffman, who was waived after three catches in two seasons.

Hensley's grade: B-minus. The Bengals currently have two starters (Smith and Maualuga), two role players (Johnson and Scott) and an adequate punter out of this draft. Solid, not spectacular.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter



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