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My Final Draft (Article)

The final four rounds of the draft are the least exciting, unless you're a college player still waiting to hear your name.  All the big names are gone.  But these are the rounds that make or break a draft class for a team.  This is where a team can "steal" great players.  The problem is, we won't know whether any of these players are a steal until a year or two from now.  These are the hardest picks to analyze.  But I'll try.

With their first pick in the fourth round, the Bengals selected defensive tackle Geno Atkins from Georgia.  Good pick from a positional need standpoint.  Maybe there's something I don't know, but I know the Bengals were ranked best in the NFL in run defense.  Which leads me to believe that Johnson, Fanene, and Peko did a pretty good job up front.  Maybe they're looking for a better pass rush from the middle, but I feel that they've got a pretty good set of defensive tackles.

The second fourth round pick for the Bengals brought inside linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy from Texas to Cincinnati.  I've read that he isn't the most agile linebacker and has trouble with coverage.  Again, I cite the fact that the Bengals had the best rushing defense last year, and a lack of agility will prove disastrous for a linebacker, considering the quality of tight ends in the league right now.  On the other hand, the Bengals are always needing quality linebackers, so if Muckelroy can get better in pass coverage, this could be a good pick.

The Bengals took OT Otis Hudson, WR Dezmon Briscoe, and OG Reginald Stephens in the 5th, 6th, and 7th round, respectively.  The offensive line definitely needs help, especially in pass protection, so Hudson and Stephens could be great pickups.  I feel like the needs at offensive line should have been addressed earlier in the draft though.  The one true "steal" of the draft for the Bengals was Dezmon Briscoe.  This guy will be better than most of the Bengals WR picks in previous drafts, and to get him in the sixth round was amazing.  He had over 2,700 yards receiving over the past two seasons with the Jayhawks.  He could definitely be contributing this season.

That's all for the draft from me.  Overall, I would give the Bengals a C+ for this year's draft class.

     -Mike Zimmerman


  1. I agree with you on Dezmon Briscoe we are going to see this guy playing early during the season for a 6th round pick. C+ is pretty harsh but I can see where you are coming from.

  2. i am also agree with you guys C+ would be not acceptable for their fans but its true..:(