Mel Kiper’s Analysis of Bengals’ Best/Worst Draft Picks

Now that we’ve had time to digest the 2013 NFL Draft, many experts are putting out their grades and analysis of how each team drafted this year. When reviewing every NFL team’s “best” and “worst” 2013 NFL draft pick, it came as no surprise that ESPN Draft Expert Mel Kiper Jr. was very high on the first-round selection of  Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert:

 

Best pick: TE Tyler Eifert (No. 21 overall) — Most draft steals in recent years didn’t come from positions of need. And while the Bengals might not have needed a tight end because they have Jermaine Gresham, taking Eifert at No. 21 was a great move. He was one of the top 15 players in this draft class, and he fell into their lap. This gives offensive coordinator Jay Gruden another weapon to exploit mismatches, especially with QB Andy Dalton, who doesn’t have a big-time arm. Eifert immediately adds firepower to the Bengals’ offense.

 

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad defensive back Shawn Williams of Georgia (26) against the Senior Bowl north squad during the first half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Kiper wasn’t so high on the third-round selection of Georgia safety Shawn Williams:

Questionable pick: S Shawn Williams (No. 84 overall) — Scouts have wide-ranging opinions on Williams. He has speed, plays hard and under control, and is a solid square-up tackler. But I don’t see the explosiveness in his game that some do, or that the measurables indicate. He has limitations in coverage and his ball skills are average. He had only four interceptions in 51 games — including 28 starts — in four seasons.

 

What makes this assessment even more concerning is that it would appear Williams is likely to be the opening say starter at strong safety, with his only real competition being Taylor Mays.

If that doesn’t scare you…well…you’re certainly braver than I am, because that scares the holy bejesus out of me.

 

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  • Allen Karmelin

    Mel, you’re wrong about Williams and I look forward to an “I told you so” later in the season!!

  • David Berry

    I don’t know Shawn Williams from Andy Williams. Can he sing?

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