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 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) catches a pass against New England Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones (24) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Panthers 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 Draft Results

A large part of the current Bengals key contributors were taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. Take a look at the Bengals selections and imagine some alternatives.

Rd. 1 (24)- Darqueze Dennard, CB

Rd. 2 (55)- Jeremy Hill, RB

Rd. 3 (88)- Will Clarke, DE

Rd. 4 (111)- Russel Bodine, C

Rd. 5 (164)- A.J. McCarron, QB

Rd. 6 (212)- Marquis Flowers, OLB

Rd. 7 (239)- James Wright, WR

Rd. 7 (252)- Lavelle Westbrooks, CB

Analysis

The 2014 Draft was one that the Bengals selected many players that are currently contributing to the success, or lack thereof, of the team. Fans are still waiting to see something of relevance from first-round pick Darqueze Dennard. Fans wouldn’t be waiting for production from, let’s say, Kelvin Benjamin who was taken by the Carolina Panthers just four picks later. Imagine an offense of A.J. Green on one side, and Kelvin Benjamin on the other. That would be rather scary for a defensive secondary to gameplay for. It could have happened. The Bengals could have also gotten their hands on offensive tackle Michael Schofield. He helped lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl just one year later. Schofield was taken after Bengals’ defensive lineman Will Clarke in the third round of this draft as was Green Bay Packers’ tight end Richard Rodgers, and Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

It’s hard to sit here and say that the Bengals should have drafted any other player because you never know what kind of production they will provide as professionals. But one thing fans can speculate is what could have been.

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