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Cincinnati Bengals' 2012 NFL Draft Analysis

June 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

1st Round (#17) CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama

1st Round (#27) G Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

2nd Round (#53) DT Devon Still, Penn State

3rd Round (#83) WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers

3rd Round (#93) DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson

4th Round (#116) TE Orson Charles, Georgia

5th Round (#156) CB Shaun Prater, Iowa

5th Round (#166) WR Marvin Jones, Cal

5th Round (#167) FS George Iloka, Boise State

6th Round (#191) RB Dan Herron, Ohio State

Analysis of Notable Selections:

Dre Kirkpatrick: Cincinnati had a major need at cornerback and Kirkpatrick was a fine choice. Leon Hall is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. No one knows for sure whether Hall can return to his prior high-level of play. The Bengals also missed Jonathan Joseph last year who went on to have a terrific season with the Texans. Kirkpatrick is a physical cornerback with good length and size. He will fit in well in the rugged AFC North division.

Kevin Zeitler: The Bengals traded their 2nd 1st round draft choice to New England for their 27th pick overall and a 3rd rounder. This trade worked for both teams. The Bengals wanted a quality guard in the draft and secured one by choosing Kevin Zeitler. The former Badger is a tough run blocker and a superbly dedicated football player. Cincinnati upgraded their offensive line with this selection and added another fairly high draft pick.

Devon Still: The key to having a strong 4-3 defense is a deep and talented front four (just ask the Giants). Devon Still was inconsistent at Penn State, but he had a big senior season. He also has an outstanding frame and fine quickness. He has the talent with good coaching to be part of Cincinnati's defensive tackle rotation. Still will likely spell Geno Atkins and help keep him fresh.

Mohamed Sanu: Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson both signed with new teams (Denver and Minnesota) via free agency. Cincinnati has a star in A.J. Green at wide receiver, but he could use some help. Mohamed Sanu is a big, physical target who has a chance to be a solid possession receiver. Sanu runs the slant well and is a willing blocker. The former Rutgers' star could be a poor man's version of Hines Ward. He made a lot of sense for Cincinnati in the 3rd round.

Brandon Thompson: The former Clemson star represented too much value late in the 3rd round. Thompson is not much of a pass rusher, but he is very good defending against the run. The Bengals add another quality defensive tackle to their rotation. Thompson was picked using the selection obtained in the trade with New England. The Bengals acquired two quality players (Kevin Zeitler and Brandon Thompson) in the trade who will strengthen their offensive and defensive lines.

Orson Charles: The athletic former Bulldog represented value in the 4th round. Charles runs well and will give effort as a blocker. Jermaine Gresham is a fine young tight end for Cincinnati and will be the starter. However, if Charles can learn the playbook well enough then he may convince Jay Gruden to use some two tight end sets. Charles could find a niche in Cincinnati's offense and give Andy Dalton another target.

George Iloka: It was a little surprising to see Iloka fall this far in the draft. His ability to change direction and cover began to be questioned. Iloka is a big safety who was productive at Boise State. He may not be able to hold-up in pass coverage against NFL receivers and tight ends. However, in the 5th round there is not much risk. He can contribute on special teams and will do his best to learn the defense and adjust to pro football. Cincinnati again finds value in the draft.

2012 NFL Draft Grade: A

Bottom Line: The Bengals had a lot of draft choices and did an outstanding job utilizing them. The team addressed two area of need (cornerback and guard) with quality selections (Kirkpatrick and Zeitler). The rest of their draft was spent finding value with a bunch of picks. The Bengals are deeper on the defensive line, tight end and wide receiver positions. If Mohamed Sanu develops into a good possession receiver then this draft could be special. The future looks bright for Cincinnati and they should be a force in the AFC North for some time to come.

http://www.profootballdraftnetwork.com provides extensive pre and post NFL draft analysis. The site features scouting reports, rankings, top values, biggest risks, interviews with college coaches and players and mock drafts.

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