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Monday, May 12, 2014
Behind the numbers: The Bengals' draft


CINCINNATI -- A behind-the-numbers look at the Bengals' draft-weekend haul.

24: The spot where cornerback Darqueze Dennard was taken at the Bengals' first-round selection.

1: Dennard was the first Michigan State player to be drafted in the first round since 2003 (WR Charles Rogers).

23.4: Percentage of passes 15 yards or longer that Michigan State's "No Fly Zone" secondary allowed opponents to complete last season. That number was the best among automatic qualifying conference schools.

53.7: Total QBR the Bengals allowed last season on passes targeting receivers. That was the lowest total QBR on such passes in the league.

4: First-round cornerbacks the Bengals have drafted since 2006 (Johnathan Joseph, 2006; Leon Hall, 2007; Dre Kirkpatrick, 2012; Dennard, 2014). The Jets are the only other team to pick four first-round defensive backs in that span.

9: Draft selections with LSU ties; the most of any college. Two former Tigers, running back Jeremy Hill (second round) and receiver James White (seventh round), were drafted by the Bengals.

14: Quarterbacks selected in the draft, including nine on Saturday during Rounds 4-7. One of them was Cincinnati's fifth-round selection, AJ McCarron from Alabama.

164: The overall position where McCarron was drafted. He was taken one spot behind Georgia's Aaron Murray, who was picked by the Chiefs. The last 10 quarterbacks drafted by Kansas City didn't win a single game as a starter for the team. The last time a Chiefs won a game started by a quarterback they drafted was in Week 1 of the 1987 season when Todd Blackledge accomplished the recently rare feat.

27: Number of draft-weekend trades. The record is 34. The Bengals had one in the fourth round, grabbing a pick from Seattle in exchange for fourth- and sixth-round picks in this draft.

36: Wins McCarron had as a starting quarterback at Alabama. That tied for the third-most by a starting quarterback in SEC history. He was 36-4.

17: Touchdowns McCarron threw on 53 passes of 25 yards or longer since the start of the 2012 season. He threw no interceptions on passes that distance during that time.

0: Number of wins Alabama's two previous drafted quarterbacks had in their NFL careers. Brodie Croyle (2006 draft) and former Bengal Greg McElroy (2011) were a combined 0-11.

25: Number of disrupted dropbacks (either a sack, interception or pass breakup) that defensive end Michael Johnson had over the last two seasons. That ranked 12th among defensive linemen. He signed with Tampa Bay earlier in the offseason, leading the Bengals to draft Will Clarke in the third round Friday.

55: The overall spot where the Bengals drafted Hill. He was the second running back selected, going one spot before Bishop Sankey and two before Carlos Hyde.

7.3: Yards per carry for Hyde last season at Ohio State. He failed to gain yards on just 12 of his 208 carries.

57: Percentage of carries Hyde gained at least five yards on; the second-best percentage among FBS backs last year.

5.8: Percentage of rushes for zero or negative yards last season by Hyde.

10.3: Percentage of rushes for zero or negative yards last season by Hill.

7.9: Yards per carry on running plays that went inside of the tackles; a high for runners from AQ schools.

20: Percentage of Hill's runs last season that went for at least 10 yards.

47.3: Percentage of plays in which Hill faced eight or more defenders in the box last season (96 plays out of 203). Against those defenses, he averaged an AQ-best 8.0 yards per rush and scored 15 touchdowns.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.