Come Down from the Ledge

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Wisconsin offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (Paul Battaglia / Associated Press)


Last night, the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft came and went. For Bengals fans, there was mixed emotion. Most fans and media predicted a cornerback with the 17th pick, and with Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick, that’s exactly what they got. The 21st pick is where there was some mystery and differing opinions. Some people wanted a receiver for quarterback Andy Dalton. Some wanted a guard to help the running game. Still others wanted a defensive end to help get to opposing quarterbacks. There were lots of names thrown out, meaning nobody really had a true idea.

The name most Bengals fans have had on their tongues for several months was Stanford guard David DeCastro. He was widely considered the best guard in this draft and possibly the best for the past several drafts. Experts had him pegged to go everywhere from 11th to mid-20s. Cincinnati’s fanbase wanted to draft him at number 17, then as the draft got closer, began to hope he would slide to 21st. As the draft progressed, and Kirkpatrick came off the board, DeCastro had passed several possibilities already, and it seemed the Chicago Bears were the only thing standing in the way, and when they passed, people were sure DeCastro was going to be a Bengal. Then something funny happened. It was announced that the New England Patriots had traded up into Cincinnati’s spot, moving the Bengals down to the 27th pick, with them gaining an extra third round pick. Then the unthinkable happened and DeCastro went to the the enemy, the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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