In his weekly AFC North Blog Mailbag segment, Jamison Hensley got the opinions of several Bengals fans about how well their team drafted this year, and there were mixed review as to how well Cincinnati did:
ZC from Cincinnati: I believe the Bengals exceeded expectations with this years draft even when their “needs” weren’t met. Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard have chances to be instant impact players in an offense that seemed inconsistent at times. Although safety was a need, people tend to forget this defense was rated in the top 10. I give the Bengals an ‘A’.
Eric from Cincinnati: My grade for the Bengals is B-plus. They did exactly what you’re supposed to do in the draft: top three picks will all make an immediate impact and the back half of their draft added some depth with players that have great developmental potential (Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter, Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and Ohio State offensive tackle Reid Fragel). I don’t think I can give them an ‘A’ because they didn’t grab their safety until the third round, which could lead to another year of sub-par play at the position.
I always find it interesting to here what the fans think, and I enjoy posting the opinions of various readers like the ones above on Stripe Hype. Perhaps, this is a sign of future things to come here on Stripe Hype. Make sure you check back here Sunday night for an announcement regarding a new feature here designed specifically for you the fans.