Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Cincinnati Bengals

First Round: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

Hmm. I never even considered Eifert to the Bengals, but I like this idea. Pairing him with Gresham could be an awesome combo for Andy Dalton. This could be a mini version of Gronk/Hernandez. I'm a bit surprised by this pick, so I'm a bit iffy on how to grade this. It doesn't fit a big need, but the value is great and he could be a difference maker for them.


Second Round: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina / Margus Hunt, DE/DT, SMU

Cinci is getting criticized for taking Bernard over Lacy here, but I've always thought Bernard was a better back. I think this is a good spot for him and he will be an excellent compliment to Green-Ellis. I'm surprised that the Bengals picked up Hunt, but I still like this pick. He's raw, but has tons of talent. He will probably fit as a DE in the 4-3, but could probably be kicked inside on passing downs. Grouping him with Johnson, Dunlap, and Atkins could be a deadly combo.


Third Round: Shawn Williams, S, Georgia

This is a bit of a reach, but Williams certainly fills at need at safety. They are still thin at the position, and Williams could get a chance to start some games, especially if there is an injury somewhere in the secondary. Decent pick despite the poor value.


Fourth Round: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M

This is about where I thought Porter would go, and this is a good pick for Cincinnati. Porter could develop to be a solid pass rusher coming out of the OLB position in the 4-3. He has some work to do, but he could contribute towards the end of the year.


Fifth Round: Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas

It's never a bad idea to have extra depth at offensive tackle, but Hawkinson should not have been drafted this early. They probably could have taken him in the last round.


Sixth Round: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas / Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska

Two solid picks. I love the selection of Hamilton. He had a second day grade at the beginning of the off season, but saw his stock fall throughout the draft process. I think he could develop into a starter, and could contribute this season is three and four WR sets. Burkhead is a decent depth pick to go behind Bernard and Green-Ellis.


Seventh Round: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State / T.J. Johnson, C/G, South Carolina

Two solid picks. Both of these guys could have gone at the beginning of day three, but fell all the way to the seventh round. They are now extremely deep at the offensive line, which is a great thing to have.



The Bengals are one of the few teams in the league that filled every single one of their needs during the off season. The only position I'm still a bit worried about is safety. Either way, Cincinnati had a great draft. The only pick I didn't like was Hawkinson in the fifth round, but they were very solid aside from that. They didn't get any great values or steals, but they did a very solid job.


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