Monday, May 7, 2012
Grade the Bengals' 2012 draft
By Jamison Hensley
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.
: Mohamed Sanu
, WR, Rutgers. Cincinnati is looking for a No. 2 wide receiver, and Sanu caught a Big East-record 115 passes last season.
: Brandon Thompson
, DT, Clemson. The Bengals got stronger -- Thompson did 36 bench press reps at combine -- to stop the run.
: Orson Charles
, TE, Georgia. Big-name talent coming out of college will upgrade Bengals' No. 2 tight end spot.
: Shaun Prater
, CB, Iowa. Biggest impact should come on special teams considering logjam at cornerback.
: Marvin Jones
, WR, California. Underrated talent will compete for No. 2 job opposite A.J. Green
: George Iloka
, S, Boise State. Good size and speed but has a habit of missing tackles.
: Dan "Boom" Herron, RB, Ohio State. An inside-the-tackles runner who has to make an impression on special teams.