Cincinnati Bengals Full 7-Round NFL Draft Review

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Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead (22) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

 

Round 6a:

Rex Burkhead (RB 5-10 214lbs. Nebraska)  Brian Leonard 2.0?  I don’t think so.  Burkhead is a very good football player when healthy.  This kid runs hard, has great hands, and is also a great locker room presence.  If the Bengals decide to only keep three running backs then he will battle for the last spot versus Cedric Peerman.  I don’t see the Bengals risking losing him to the waiver wire so I assume they will keep him as the 4th running back on the 53 man roster.  Grade Value:  B

Round 6b:

Cobi Hamilton (WR 6-2 212 lbs. Arkansas)  Quick feet, runs good fluid routes, and has explosion off of the line.  Will probably be more of a slot receiver but can play the outside.  Had good production in college and I see him winning out the sixth and final receiver spot.  Grade Value: B

Round 7a:

Reid Fragel (T 6-8 308lbs. Ohio State) Some scouts had him going much lower than in the seventh round so for the Bengals to select him in the seventh they got good value out of the pick.  But, for being a tackle that used to be a tight end I expected more athleticism.  He does not show good knee bend at the point of attack and he runs with very tight hips.  Fragel also has to get stronger and bulk up.  Fragel is a project player that may pan out in a few years but for now he will bide his time on the practice squad.  Grade Value:  C-

Round 7b:

T.J. Johnson (C 6-4 310lbs. South Carolina) PRACTICE SQUAD…..or not….  Grade Value: D

 

Best Pick: Margus Hunt

Worst Pick:  Giovanni Bernard

Best Value:  Sean Porter

 

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