With the 2012 offseason over, many analysts and fans when talking about the Bengals focused a lot on the wide receiver battle. It was inexperience and potential talk all over the place, however, one position that should be viewed more in depth is the cornerback position. The Bengals once had arguably the best duo in CBs when Joseph and Hall were with one another, but those times have come to an end. Nonetheless, that’s not to say that this batch of CBs is quite horrendous, it’s actually quite the opposite. While the WR battle has been viewed as players with little to no experience, this CB corp has had a lot of it.
One random fact about all the cornerbacks, which is astonishing when you think about it: Every corner on this team is a 1st round draft pick. Yep. Every single one. Some people may label some as busts, some that haven’t lived up to the greatness they have, some that were solid but have aged, and obviously the injury bug is a huge discussion. Once you look deep into these players, however, there is much room for optimism. If every player can be healthy, this secondary group could surprise many people.
Leon Hall is obviously the number 1 CB on the Bengals. He was actually having a good year until he tore is ACL. Before Hall was injured, only 3 teams scored 20 or more points on the Bengals (not including the game her was injured). After the injury, 5 of the next 7 teams the Bengals played scored 20 or more points on the Bengals. Hall was obviously missed down the stretch of the 2011 season. Hall has shown some rust during the preseason, but also showed how good of a player he really is. One can expect that since it was preseason, they definitely didn’t go full force, but things are looking extremely optimistic for a return of Hall.