Freshman Finals – Grading the Bengals NFL Draft Class

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Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead (33) tries to avoid a tackle by Dallas Cowboys defensive back Xavier Brewer (33) during the fourth quarter at AT

Rex Burkhead, RB  (6th-Round / 190th Overall)

A lot of folks loved the Burkhead pick, largely due to a dogged obsession with third-down running backs, a la Brian Leonard.  Burkhead remains on the roster as the fourth running back, but like Hawkinson, he has not seen the field much, save a singular game against Baltimore in mid-November on special teams (no statistics registered).

It is clear that some upsides are still considered possible from Burkhead, but how many will be a by-product of Bernard’s development.

Grade: C-

Cobi Hamilton, WR (6th-Round / 197th Overall)

Hamilton showed a lot of promise during the preseason, but a loaded group of receivers kept him from making the final roster.  Further, no significant injuries to Bengals wide outs have kept Hamilton firmly on the practice squad for the entire season.

Circumstances notwithstanding, Hamilton’s future in stripes is still bright, and his final marks are largely based on participation. Grade: C

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