Monday, July 2, 2012
Grading 2009 draft: Cincinnati Bengals
By Jamison Hensley
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.