Fan Views

Since this page is, after all, a production, it seemed like a good idea this evening to take a look at what fans of players projected to go to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round thought of their guys. So, via the magic of teh google, I’ve dug up some fan forum threads on the top five candidates. File it under FWIW.

Jermaine Gresham:

The way most NFL teams will look at it, it will be a year of him not taking any hits and his knee will be fine.

They have already seen what he can do

Jermaine came back to win a championship. That obviously won’t be happening now. He’ll report to the combine in a few months and that knee will be poked and prodded for hours. When it’s reported that the knee is structurally fit, all will be forgotten and Jermaine Gresham will be a very rich man come April.

It may sound like heresy given Bradford one the heisman but I firmly believe Gresham will be missed more in this offense than Bradford.

Dez Bryant:

As far as a player, best combo receiver/punt returner we’ve had. As receiver, right there w/Dykes … Dykes caught better, Bryant runs better. Overall, considering punt returns, best skill-position player (offensive backfield/receivers) we’ve had since Sanders.

Stud receiver.

Incredible returner.

TD machine.


Arrelious Benn:

I saw flashes of ability and I know he has the physical tools but I just didn’t see him take over any games the past two years. I have a hard time seeing him end up as #1 receiver but I certainly hope he does and wish him the best.

If I were a betting man, I would bet he is a bust…

He’s got all the stuff you can’t teach, and he hasn’t been taught the stuff you can teach.

I don’t think he’ll be a rookie success story because his learning curve will be steeper than most, but he has Crabtree-type talent.

He was compared to Anquan Boldin 3 years ago when he got here and that’s who he will be in the NFL.

He has great potential but far too big an injury risk to take early. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him slip to the 2nd or even 3rd round.

Sure he has some ability and skills, trouble there is ….. its been more hype than consistent qualified substance.

Basically, the kid has gone uncoached for two years. This is true of half the players on this team. My comments are not directed at Benn, this is possibly the worst coached team in Div I.

Damian Williams:

Truly one of the better all-around receivers I have seen at SC.

Golden Tate:

I love Golden and the strength he has for his size is flat crazy

You just know he is going to go all prima donna as a classic NFL receiver with drama.

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  • persiang

    I would like 2 think the Bengals would draft a solid athletic O-Lineman OR Tightend in the first round.And Mike Brown should take a long look at Odell Thurman,I know there is a BIG ? MARK by his name but IF he has learned that the N.F.L is BIGGER than him and it is a priveledge to play IN!THEN he is a hell of a talent to sign 4 the leauge minimum for a year,a first round talent that makes BONEHEAD decisions! But his football skills are special. IF he is not a problem he is an instant impact player on D-FENCE 4 cheap.And everyone knows Mike Brown IS CHEAP.But IF i was GM i would sure up the O-LINE in the first round with an N.F.L Ready 2 play this year O-LINEMAN,NOT SAYING HE WOULD PLAY,BUT HE WOULD RAISE THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION in practice and gametime. And i would be active in the free agent market because IF Chase Coffman can produce this year?then why draft a tightend? Go in free agent and sign one maybe Ben Watson another mentor type, along with coach Reggie Kelly?thats right a coach! His time has past but he IS a class act,so keep him around,with Foshi & Coffman & maybe Ben Watson the tight end position would be complete. Cut the rest of that garbage. So far as the wide out position in the second round maybe draft one. Then from the third round on: defense defense defense.