Stripe Hype Staff Grades Bengals’ Stellar Draft

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Sean O’ Donnell

Dre Kirkpatrick was a great selection with the #17 overall ‘Palmer Pick’.Cincinnatineeded to get young talent in at the CB position with Leon Hall still recovering from his Achilles injury and only aging veterans making up the rest of the roster at the corner position.

I may be in the minority here, but I liked the trade to 27 overall to pick up Kevin Zeitler and a 3rd round selection in favor of the much coveted David DeCastro. Looking at Zeitler and DeCastro’s measurables, they are very identical. And when you factor in that Zeitler played against much tougher opponents in the Big Ten and the similar style of Wisconsin’s offensive line scheme to Cincinnati’s, it makes a lot of sense.

 

Nov 26, 2011; Madison, WI, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Devon Still (71) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers defeated the Nittanty Lions 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

 

At 53rd overall, I was thrilled with the Devon Still selection – probably because at the time I thought he was already off the board (as he should have been). The Bengals needed help on their defensive line rotation after losing Fanene and Rucker in free agency and Still will help fill the void.

In the 3rd round it was finally time to pull the trigger on a WR. Mohamad Sanu from Rutgers was there. Being compared to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals fans should be excited to see if he can live up to the hype.

In the second part of the ‘Zeitler Trade’ the Bengals nabbed BranDon Thompson, DT, Clemson, a physical lineman to help in the defensive front rotation, and the best on the board at that point.

 

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