If I’d gotten as many A’s as the Bengals have had regarding their draft grades, I might have started out at Harvard rather than community college.
The Sports Chronicles, the newest and hottest sports blog on the net, officially launched tonight, and they wasted know time in giving their thoughts on the Bengals’ draft, as they were the latest web site to give them a high draft grade. It was shockingly one of the lower grades the Bengals have gotten, an A-
CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals are slowly building a strong foundation for the future. Last year’s draft of Andy Dalton and A. J. Green helped improve the Bengals from a 4-12 to 9-7 and a wild card berth. Just like they did in 2011, the Bengals had two first-round picks in the 2012 draft after they receivedOakland’s first-round slot in return for taking Carson Palmer off their hands. These two first-round picks weren’t as sexy as last year’s wide receiver-quarterback selections, but they could be just as important to the Bengals.Alabamacornerback Dre Kirkpatrick gives them an athletic corner who is just as good against the run as he is against the pass. Their second first-round pick wasWisconsinguard Kevin Zeitler, a big, strong guard to fill a huge hole. He will be vital in giving Andy Dalton enough time to pick apart defenses while also allowing new addition BenJarvis Green-Ellis to find some holes. Third-round pick Mohamed Sanu, a wide receiver out ofRutgers, could prove to be a hidden gem. He set the single-season reception record for the Big East in 2011 and seems to be able to catch anything even close to him. He could be a great fit for the Bengals if he can improve his speed. Would have liked to see them draft a defensive end, but they managed to fill their roster holes across the board with good value players. GRADE- A
The one consistent thing I’ve seen in all of these draft grades is that everyone believes Mohamed Sanu will be a factor for the Bengals this year. First-year rookie WRs taken in the later rounds haven’t had an immediate impact in their first season with the Bengals other than Chris Henry and Jordan Shipley. Even T.J. Houshmandzadeh struggled to get on the field his rookie year. Hopefully Sanu can be one of the exceptions and not the norm.