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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Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2015 NFL Draft Results

Close your eyes, and imagine adding top speed edge rushers to the Cincinnati defense. The Bengals missed an opportunity in this draft. Here are the Bengals draft results from 2015:

Rd. 1 (21)- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT 

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Rd. 2 (53)- Jake Fisher,  OT

Rd. 3 (84)- Tyler Kroft, TE

Rd.3 (35) P.J. Dawson, LB

Rd. 4 (120)- Josh Shaw, CB

Rd. 4 (135)- Marcus Hardison, DE

Rd. 5 (157)- CJ Uzomah, TE

Rd. 6 (197)- Derron Smith, FS

Rd. 7 (238)- Mario Alford, WR

Analysis

In round one, two of the top young edge rushers in the NFL today were taken after the Bengals took Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st pick. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh Steelers), and defensive end Shane Ray (Denver Broncos) were both taken immediately after the Bengals in 2015. Both players have had tremendous starts early on in their careers bringing up questions as to what the defense could have looked like. Dupree, for example, has recorded 8.5 sacks already in his short two-year career after playing sparingly as a rookie and missing a chunk of time in the 2016 season. Shane Ray has already recorded 12 sacks in his two-year stint with the Broncos.

The Bengals haven’t had a ton of success getting to the quarterback other than Geno Atkins attacking from inside in the three technique, and Carlos Dunlap coming off the edge. Either one of these two young talents could have made the Stripes better. Cincinnati missed big in the first round of this draft.

Offensive Wins in the Draft

I like the Jake Fisher pick. He has been able to step in and give some time on the offensive line and as the extra blocker in the overload sets the Bengals like to run. Tyler Kroft has also impressed in his short career. Mostly as an H-back, Kroft has been the lead blocker for many Bengals touchdown runs at the goal line. Kroft is a gritty player and we need to take advantage of his blocking abilities. CJ Uzomah showed Bengals fans what he could do this year in the absence of Tyler Eifert. Look for the Auburn Alumni to be included in two tight end sets in the near future.

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