Freshman Finals – Grading the Bengals NFL Draft Class

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Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt (99) warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Margus Hunt, DE (2nd-Round / 53rd Overall)

Everyone understood that the Hammer Thrower from Estonia was going to be a bit raw coming out of Southern Methodist University, but there has not been much production out of the big fella in his first NFL season.

It’s clear that Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer wants to make Hunt his biggest project player yet, but with all the defensive injuries floating around, a mid-late second rounder with some zest might be more desirable in the here-and-now.  Hunt may emerge next season, but as the bell rings on his first year as a professional football player, his production indicates he should stay after class.  Grade: D+

Shawn Williams, SS (3rd-Round / 84th Overall)

Harken back to the week’s leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.  The two positions widely considered to be the most pressing for the Bengals were linebacker and strong safety.  Williams’ selection in the third round was controversial: could he be the starting safety across from Reggie Nelson? 

A sly Bengals coaching staff probably already suspected that George Iloka would be just as (if not more) competitive when training camp rolled around.  Considering this, Williams may have been selected for depth and development all along, however; he has not seen the field much nor has he made much of a splash on special teams. 

Still somewhat of an unknown commodity, Williams is looking pretty average as a rookie safety. 

Grade: C