Cincinnati Bengals: Rethinking Recent NFL Draft Results

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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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Dec 26, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) in action during the game against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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2016 Draft Results

The 2016 NFL Draft experts labeled the Bengals positions of need to be at wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line and linebacker. Here are the Bengals most previous draft results:

Rd. 1 (24)- William Jackson III, CB

Rd. 2 (55)- Tyler Boyd, WR

Rd. 3 (87)-Nick Vigil, ILB

Rd. 4 (122)- Andrew Billings, NT

Rd. 5 (161)-Christian Westerman, G

Rd. 6 (199)- Cody Core, WR

Rd. 7 (245)- Clayton Fejedelem, S

Analysis

The Bengals first round pick was the University of Houston cornerback William Jackson III. Jackson did not record any statistics in the 2016 season. Players such as Darqueze Dennard, Adam Jones, and Dre Kirkpatrick were the regulars at the corner position. I like the pick as he was probably the best overall player available at the time. With aging players, and contract negotiations coming up, look for him to see the field soon. As for picks such as Nick Vigil, Tyler Boyd, and Cody Core, The Bengals get a boost in production for the future. But the draft could have looked very different.

The Bengals weren’t in need of a quarterback but you can’t help to think about the fact of thinking about some possibilities. Cincinnati spent the 122nd pick in the 4th round on nose tackle, Andrew Billings. Thirteen picks later the Dallas Cowboys spent their 4th round pick on quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has had a pretty good rookie season and was in the conversation to be the league’s MVP most of the season.

The Bengals’ 5th round selection was guard, Christian Westerman. the Bengals needed an offensive lineman to add to the depth but just 4 picks later the Kansas City Chiefs selected wide receiver, Tyreek Hill. Hill has a tremendous year and has been the talk of the league in recent weeks with his blazing speed and kick return abilities.

It’s easy to say “What if?” but could you imagine adding these two pieces to the roster? Electric is a word that could be used to describe it.

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