HairOnFire Posted March 31, 2008 Report Share Posted March 31, 2008 Because it's not fair if I make fun of yours without giving you a chance to make fun of mine. I tried to stay consistent to the things I've said in all of the draft threads. Specifically, I'm looking for defense early, help for the running game in the mid rounds, interior offensive lineman over tackles, an upgrade in all phases of the kick return games, a wideout, and a strong emphasis on prospects who not only have athletic upside but more importantly...have reputations for leadership, hard work, and high character. Finally, because there's always discussion about whether or not a player might be a reach or unavailable at the spots selected I included the players value ranking as determined by DraftScouts. Furthermore, I deliberately handcuffed myself by limiting my options to selecting only prospects whose DraftScout ranking was equal to or lower than the Bengals draft position in each round. For example, if a prospect was ranked 45th best in DraftScouts player ranking I refused to consider him for the 46th pick...treating him as if he had already been drafted. Enjoy. 1st round - WOLB - Keith Rivers, USC - Save the complaints because I'm not listening. If Sedric Ellis doesn't fall to the Bengals, and it says here he doesn't, then this is the pick. Rivers has more athletic potential than most here will admit, great instincts, is an outstanding worker, and is high character player who has experience playing all three LB roles. And if he's not what you want at #9 it's fair to say he may be what you need more than you're willing to admit. (DraftScout 9th Ranked) 2nd round - DT/LDE - Trevor Laws, Notre Dame - He could be gone by the time this pick rolls around, but he's a perfect vaue fit according to DraftScout, (46th ranked) Slides immediately into same inside/outside role now occupied by DT John Thornton. Active and disruptive he only lacks the outstanding pass rushing skills as the two elite prospects. 3rd Round - FS/CB - DaJaun Morgan, North Carolina State - A better pure athlete than the player he'd replace, Madieu Williams, Morgan is less experienced and may take a little time to develope, but it's that inexperience that could cause Morgan to drop into the upper reaches of the 3rd round. (DraftScout 79th Ranked) 3rd Round - RB - Kevin Smith, Central Florida - Instinctive gliding RB with outstanding vision and ability to work between the tackles, a must for any Bengal runner. Gained nearly 2,600 yards as a senior...and scored 30 times...leading all college runners. Put together back-to-back 4.47's at his ProDay despite adding 7-10 lbs. (DraftScout 98th ranked) 4th round - WR/PR - Dexter Jackson, Appalachian State - Provides a much needed upgrade in the return game, and some insurance if slot WR TJ Houshmandzadeh leaves in free agency. Smaller slot option in the mold of Peter Warrick & Antonio Chatman. Has jaw dropping speed and quickness, having been clocked as low as 4.33 in the 40. High character team leader with outstanding work ethic. (DraftScout 112th ranked) 5th round - OG/OG - Doug Legursky, Marshall - Rising prospect. The 4th rated center on some boards due to having better size (6'3", 312) than more well known prospects. Rimington Award nominee. Has experience playing all OL positions but extensive experience at the pivot. Brutally strong, lifted 225 36 times during his ProDay. Boasts the power and size that current starter Eric Ghiacuic lacks. Has experience as a long snapper. (DraftScout 146th ranked) 6th round - TE - Craig Stevens, California - The best blocking TE in the draft. Has decent underdeveloped ability to catch the ball, but isn't a threat to make plays downfield. Would compliment and bookend Ben Utecht, perhaps replacing Reggie Kelly next season. (DraftScout 177th ranked) 6th round - SS - Dominique Barber, Minnesota - Somewhat athletically limited, but brings a physical in-the-box presence. Adds depth, and special team ability. (DraftScout 214th ranked) 7th round - (Traded- Fitzgerald) 7th round - KR/PR - Kevin Robinson, Utah State - Would go undrafted based upon his ability as a WR, but some team will probaby take a late round flyer on Robinson due to his return ability. In fact, I wonder if this slot is high enough to get the job done. (DraftScout 249th ranked) 7th round - DE - Chase Ortiz, TCU - Undersized athletically limited overacheiver. High motor prospect whose senior production fell off the table and should cause a drop into the late rounds. Might have a role as a designated pass rusher, but selected here soley as BPA who could find a spot on special teams. (DraftScout 244th ranked) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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