37. Cincinnati Bengals – Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State
The Bengals had a lot of 1st round picks playing at CB last season. However Terence Newman, Pacman Jones and Nate Clements are all free agents. Newman and Clements are also getting up there in age. At the very least one of these guys will not be back. We also don’t know what we have in Dre Kirkpatrick since he missed basically the whole year with injuries. Poyer was fantastic for the Beavers last year. Poyer was on an island a lot in OSU’s blitz heavy scheme. He also possesses really good ball skills. In his final two seasons at Oregon State, he racked up 11 INT’s, 19 passes defensed as well as 108 tackles.
53. Cincinnati Bengals – Phillip Thomas FS Fresno State
Reggie Nelson is a good safety, however the other safety spot was occupied by Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles and they were back enough that the Bengals had to bring in Chris Crocker from his couch. They have drafted safety the past 2 drafts, but both in the 5th round. Nelson is better in the box and when he can blitz. However Thomas is really a ball hawking safety. He is a good athlete with speed and agility to play well in coverage. He has really good ball skills and really good hands. He is an above average tackler and wraps up well.
84. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Franklin RB UCLA
While not an elite RB, BenJarvus Green-Ellis played well enough last year to earn himself another year as the running back. However what the Bengals really lacked last year was a change of pace back that was a home run threat. Bernard Scott didn’t play at all last year due to injuries, and while being good on special teams, Cedric Peerman and Dan Herron are not viable #2 running backs. Jonathan Franklin brings elite speed, elusiveness and good hands out of the backfield. He isn’t great in blitz pickup, but brings the ability to take it to the house any time he touches the ball.