Freshman Finals – Grading the Bengals NFL Draft Class

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Sean Porter, LB (4th Round / 118th Overall):  Bengals enthusiasts who were clamoring for a linebacker finally got their man in the fourth round.  A fan-favorite, Porter was watched closely throughout OTAs and training camp, especially when a depleted linebacker corps started to shape up into a fairly competitive group. 

Facing a low position on the depth chart and the possibility of not making the final roster, a timely ‘tweek’ landed Porter the IR.  It is unlikely the Bengals have heard the last from him. 

Grade: Incomplete

Tanner Hawkinson, T/G/C (5th-Round / 156th Overall)

The multi-faceted Hawkinson was an intriguing addition to the 53-man roster as he provided depth at all three positions across the offensive line.  Officially listed at an offensive tackle on the team’s website, Hawkinson’s versatility has not been impactful as the young lineman has yet to see the playing field this season.

Although several players have been signed and cut through injuries, practice squad call-ups, and mid-season signings, Hawkinson remains…unutilized.  The implication is that the Bengals are still developing him, but his lack of activation during the slew of recent offensive line injuries is somewhat telling.

Grade: C+

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