ICYMI: Cincinnati Bengals Full 7-Round NFL Draft Review

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Dec 24, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) fumbles the ball after being sacked by Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Margus Hunt during the second quarter of the Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

 

Round 2b:

Margus Hunt (DE 6-8 277lbs. SMU) The eastern block!  How can you not like a guy that has a name nick name like that?  This guy is massive, fast, and just a plain freak.  Living in Texas I got to see this guy a few more times than most people.  He seems to always be around the quarterback applying pressure or putting him on his butt.  His wing span is massive and should give quarterbacks a second thought about throwing over his head.  Margus has only played football four years and his upside is limitless giving that he is a clean slate and knows the basics.  Now Mike Zimmer will primarily use him on 3rd down passing situations and can even bring him inside along with Geno Atkins.  Hunt ran a 4.7 sec forty and benched 38 presses.  Need I say more?  Grade Value:  A+

Round 3:

Shawn Williams (DB 6-0 213lbs. Georgia)  If I could sum up Shawn Williams in one word, it would be “LEADER”  He has great measurables athletically but what he brings to the defense is his ability to inspire and lead.  He is good at the point of attack and should help during run support but he is not great in pass defense.  In four seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs Williams intercepted the ball four times and they all came back in 2011.  Mark Carrier will have his work cut out for this gifted athlete to try and turn him into an NFL safety.  Grade Value:  B-

Round 4:

Sean Porter (LB 6-1 229 lbs. Texas A&M)  Though nothing sticks out on paper athletically this guy can play some football.  He is a very aware football player that will be very good in coverage and run support.  He may not see any playing time early but should pick up Zimmer’s scheme quickly. If Rey Mauluga gets replaced by Burfict at the Mike spot he could challenge Lamur for the starting WILL spot.  Should make the team and contribute immediately on special teams.  Grade Value: B+

Round 5:

Tanner Hawkinson (T 6-5 298lbs Kansas)  Not much is known about this guy except his team mates called him “Ricky Bobby” for his likeness of Will Ferrell in the movie Talladega Nights.  Not sure that is a good thing…  But from his combine work out I can tell he has good feet and balance.  It was very impressive watching him run the cone drill and watching him in blocking drills.  This guy could surprise a few people and crack the starting lineup if Travelle Wharton is released to make room for this guy.  Grade Value:  B-

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