Cincinnati Bengals: 2015 Draft Class Recap

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Bengals selected nine players in the 2015 draft. After a year of football, let’s take a look at which players made the biggest difference in Cincinnati.

After another AFC North title and unfortunate first round playoff loss, the Cincinnati Bengals will now look to the future.

With the threat of losing a lot of talent to free agency, the Bengals may have to deal with those decisions by giving some of their younger talent an opportunity to fill the shoes of those lost. That may even include some of the group from this last draft class.

The Bengals have often been a team that has made their rookies sit and wait for their time to play, and really earn their time in practice or from the infamous “next man up” status that we saw rookies like Tyler Kroft and Jake Fisher jump into. Kraft and Fisher were really the only two guys who saw significant playing time, but almost every rookie saw the field for at least a few plays.

Don’t take the rookies’ lack of playing time as a suggestion that they’re not as talented of athletes as rookies on other teams, however. Marvin Lewis and his staff love grooming young players behind more experienced veterans for the first season of their careers. This formula has worked very well, as Cincinnati’s personnel has been so talented that the Bengals rarely sign free agents away from other teams. Many consider the Bengals to be the NFL’s deepest team, and for good reason.

With that, lets take a look at this past draft class and see how Cincinnati’s rookies fared.

Next: Rounds 1-2

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