Cincinnati Bengals Free Agency and NFL Draft Strategy

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama) as the 17th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

It’s NFL draft time for the Cincinnati Bengals, and the rest if the league. That means front office guys and all coaches alike lock themselves in a room to come up with a winning strategy for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Scouting, player grades and every other opinion in the room will be laid out on the “war room” table.

For a little history to engage your memories the Bengals have drafted extremely well over the past four drafts. Here are a few of the key additions from those four drafts and the hindsight grades for each year:

  • 2010 first round pick was Jermaine Gresham. Jermaine has been a slight disappointment for a hight firs round pick. Then with the second round pick the Bengals got a steal in Carlos Dunlap. The hindsight grade for this draft is a B-.

  • 2011 the Bengals acquire A.J. Green in round one then Andy Dalton with their second round pick. Dalton and Green have become the face of the Bengals franchise. Hindsight grade is A-.

  • 2012 gave the Bengals Dre Kirkpatrick and Kevin Zeitler with two first round picks. With Mohamed Sanu in the third, and a late fifth round steal in Marvin Jones. Hindsight grade is a A.

  • 2013 Bengals pick Tyler Eifert in the first round and he showed some promise. Then the home run pick and first RB taken in 2013 Giovanni Bernard. He is a future star. Hindsight grade is B+.

With that being said, here’s the moves the Bengals need to make this offseason and during the NFL Draft to put themselves in the best position to win big in 2014. 

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