derekshank Posted January 28, 2012 Report Share Posted January 28, 2012 I'm not interested in putting together a full draft board... but I thought it would be fun to rank my top 10 players that I'm hoping the Bengals take with their two 1st round picks. It's surprising to me how quickly I start to get disappointed after the first few names start dropping - but if the Bengals get two of these guys, I think they will have done pretty well for themselves.1) Trent Richardson - I don't think he'll be there. But if he is, he by far represents the BPA. Top 5 talent who falls because of the position he plays, and just so happens to be a position of major need for the Bengals.2) David DeCastro - Also not expected to be there at #17... and again, if he falls it is because he's a OG, not a OT. But he is one mean son of a bitch, and would go a long way toward remaking the Bengals O-Line.3) Cordy Glenn - Dude's a beast of a man, and would be an instant upgrade to whichever OG spot they put him at (hopefully LG, with Bobbie Williams returning for one more season).4) Dre Kirkpatrick - I struggle with this one. If he falls, he'll represent a top 10 talent... but he's also not a perfect fit in a press man coverage scheme. Even still, he's the #2 CB in this draft, so if he's the BPA, he should probably be the pick.5) Alshon Jeffery - I don't feel very good about this. But at the same time... if my top 4 guys are all gone, Jeffery represents the best talent on the board (and you don't get top 10 WRs this late in the draft very often). He's the best deep threat in this draft, and lining him up opposite AJ Green makes this offense a very dangerous for a very long time.6) Jamell Fleming - I know I'm probably in the minority on this guy... but he fits what the Bengals ask of their CBs perfectly. If he's the pick at #21, I'm happy as a clam.7) Chris Polk - I love this guy. He makes my heart flutter. The only reason I don't have him in my top 5 is that I don't think he represents a great value at #17 or #21. But if he's the pick, I'll quickly get over that complaint, because he's going to be an absolute stud.8) Janoris Jenkins - I'm not a fan. I think he's a head case, and too much of a risk. That said... he's a stud. He's the best press coverage corner in this draft. He's only an average tackler, but he's physical at the line of scrimmage, and has all the tools to create a Revis Island effect. I hope he's not the pick... but if all of the previous 7 guys are gone, he's the BPA, and it's not close.9) Peter Konz - I'm a big Cook fan... but the Bengals don't have any depth at the position. Konz would be a fantastic LG, and it's nice to have a guy who can naturally move to Center if injuries warrant it. 10) Melvin Ingram - This guy is good. He doesn't represent a need... but a lot of the best talent in the 15-25 pick range is D-Line. He can play some LB too... and with question marks surrounding Dontay Moch, this might be an opportunity to enact the old "You can never have too many pass rushers" axiom. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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