Draft Reactions 2.0


The Bengals are getting pretty good reviews overall on their draft. It’s interesting to note that the team tried to trade up early in the second round to acquire USC safety Taylor Mays (according to Bengals.com). Getting Mays would have been nice, but not at the expense of any other pick. Carlos Dunlap could be an absolute steal and many people are comparing Jordan Shipley to Wes Welker (I hope they’re right). I’m anxious to see Shipley’s teammate Roddrick Muckelroy on the field. Any player who can lead Texas in tackles two years in a row (with a wealth of other talent on the field) is intriguing in my eyes. If he pans out, the Bengals linebacking corps should be set for years to come.

Now, let’s move on to opinions from people who know what they’re talking about:

CNNSI.com’s Peter King (a fellow graduate from the Harvard on the Hocking, Ohio University) in his Monday Morning Quarterback column:

“Tight end Jermaine Gresham should be the answer to Cincinnati’s problem at that position, and just ask Colt McCoy about Jordan Shipley‘s reliability. He won’t drop many. The key could be if an up-and-coming Brandon Ghee, the Wake Forest corner, proves to be the third good cover player for a Cincinnati secondary that had a resurgent season last year.”

I’m with PK on Ghee, especially. I’m anxious to see if he – or some of our other corners, Morgan Trent perhaps – could play safety.

CNNSI.com’s Ross Tucker, in his column:

What I liked: The Bengals got the best player in the draft at their only real glaring position of need by taking Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham at No. 21. Can’t argue with that.