Grading the Cincinnati Bengals 2014 Draft

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell begins the draft and puts the Houston Texans on the clock at the start of the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The NFL Draft has come and gone. Every team has turned its focus onto getting ready for the 2014 NFL season. We take a look back at Thursday through Saturday to see just how the Cincinnati Bengals did in this year’s draft.

In the 1st round, the Bengals watched their top of the board slip closer and finally into their grasp as the Bengals took corner, Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State. A major need with the age of Adam Jones and Terrance Newman, and the second achilles injury to Leon Hall. Speed and athleticism made Dennard the right fit for the Cincinnati Bengals secondary. Draft Grade: A

In the 2nd round, the choice became a running back, Jeremy Hill from LSU. I think overall a puzzling choice for the Bengals, especially with Green-Ellis and Bernard in the backfield. Good downhill speed makes him a future back, unless there is an injury or roster move before the season starts. This gets a lower grade simply because of fit, not because of his talent. Draft Grade: C

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  • Anthony

    “A puzzling second round pick with a running back?”…YOU DONT GET IT!..We sucked when green-ellis was in there last year…How is this a puzzling pick?..It is an upgrade..Great pick i think

    • [email protected]

      I like the player, don’t get me wrong, I wrote the 2nd round piece on him. I wasn’t so thrilled with when they drafted the position, I think Jeremy Hill is a good solid RB and I am glad he is for us not against us. I was grading based on them addressing the need not the player. If I grade the player he is an A- to a B+ running back!

      This is just how I feel. Brian, Dustin, Vance, Norwood, all those guys may love this pick.

      I personally like the player but think the pick was the wrong time.

    • [email protected]

      Thank you, by the way. I always welcome feedback and conversation, whether you agree or disagree!

  • [email protected]

    Giovani Bernard was suppose to be that upgrade, so is this bust on Bernard then?

    • steve

      Bernard is not a bust. Far from it.They wanted a bigger back so he doesn’t have to do all the work load himself and to block for him.Green-Ellis offers little as far a rb (3.4 ypc).The Hill pick was excellent despite what some on this site are saying.This is the 4th straight superb draft by M. Lewis and company.

  • heyclammy

    I don’t find it puzzling at all. Just like Dalton’s contract is up next year (which you mentioned), so is the Law Firm’s. They did the same thing in the 2nd round last year with Margus Hunt because of Michael Johnson’s impending Free Agency.