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The Obligatory Grade the Draft Thread



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  1. 1. You know the drill. Get to it.

    • B - Great job, I have some quibbles but really can't complain
    • C - Meh. Average draft. Ask me again in 3 years.
    • D - Ugh. Can't we send MB to a deserted island every April?
    • F - Terrible draft. 0-16 here we come!

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Here are Walter's grades:

17. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: B- Grade

I'd probably mark this down as an A or A- if David DeCastro wasn't available. I like Dre Kirkpatrick as a prospect, and he fills a need as the only first-round cornerback still on the board. But passing on someone who could be the top guard over the next decade.

27. Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin: C- Grade

Not a fan. Cordy Glenn and Courtney Upshaw were still available. Peter Konz as well. Glenn and Konz could have filled Cincinnati's need at guard, and unlike Zeitler, they would have offered positional versatility. This is the right range for Zeitler, and he'll probably be a good player, but the Bengals probably could have made a better choice.

53. Devon Still, DT, Penn State: B+ Grade

Devon Still was projected by some to be a late first-round pick. He has talent, but he was a one-year wonder, partly because of an injury history. Still, Still (that was fun) offers great value at No. 53. He's worth the risk in the second round.

83. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: A Grade

This is not a prank call this time! After being tricked into thinking that he would be the Bengals' pick at No. 27 in the 2012 NFL Draft, Sanu finally gets drafted by Cincinnati. The Bengals needed an upgrade at receiver after losing Jerome Simpson to the Vikings in free agency. Sanu could have easily gone in the middle of the second round.

93. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson: A- Grade

Brandon Thompson was once in the discussion to be a late first-round pick. He probably should have gone in the second. The Bengals are getting great value with him at the end of the third. The only reason I'm downgrading this selection is that Cincinnati already took a defensive tackle, but the front office had a bunch of picks to work with, so it's not a big deal.

116. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia: A Grade

Cincinnati didn't have a second tight end, so Orson Charles makes sense in that regard. Charles would have been a second-round pick if he didn't have character concerns, but the Bengals don't care about that. They're getting great value for him in Round 4.

156. Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa: B+ Grade

The Bengals had to double up on cornerbacks. Shaun Prater could have easily gone atop Round 4, so Cincinnati is getting good value with him in the middle of the fifth round.

166. Marvin Jones, WR, California: A+ Grade

A steal late in the fifth round! Marvin Jones is a talented receiver who was overshadowed by Keenan Allen at California, who is a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Mock Draft. Jones was ranked No. 89 on Mike Mayock's board and No. 100 on the consensus chart.

167. George Iloka, S, Boise State: A Grade

Credit Charlie for calling that George Iloka would slip in the 2012 NFL Draft because of his really stiff hips. But Iloka has fallen enough; he's really good value here, and he's a perfect fit for Mike Zimmer's scheme.

191. Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State: B Grade

I'm shocked the Bengals waited this long to land a running back. They should have been able to come out of this draft with someone better than Dan Herron, who was No. 195 on the consensus board.

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A solid B. Liked all except for not taking DeCastro although some of the post-pick discussions have Zeitler considered a better pro player. Just frustrated that he went to Pittsburgh.

No big WTF picks this year. They all seemed to make sense even they may not all make the team. Pretty happy.

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B+, only because I am stingy with A grades.

A linebacker would have been a welcome inclusion, but I either like or can easily rationalize every pick. Good job, Bengals.

I agree. But they jettisoned Rivers, resigned their own guys and didn't pick up anybody in the draft. So my guess is they feel good about Moch and Muckelroy being able to contribute this year. Hope so.

This is a big year for Rey in a lot of ways.

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A solid A- B+ type draft. LOVE Sanu in the Third, LOVE ILoka in the Fifth, LOVE Marv Jones in the Fifth. LOVE getting Orson Charles int he Fourth.

I would have liked Curry over Thompson, would have liked Decastro at #21 but I REALLY like Zeitler as well. Kirkpatrick had to happen they just couldn't take a chance on someone later in the draft at that Prater is a pretty good insurance policy.

All in all pretty hard not to get excited about this season there aren't alot of glaring holes.

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I was keeping a running tally of what I would have done as picks were made:

1. Kirkpatrick

1. DeCastro, no trade

2. RRandle, WR

3. Brandon Thompson, DT

4. Trevor Guyton DE

5. Marvin Jones WR

5. Chris Polk RB

5. Travis Lewis LB

6.Trevin Wade, CB

at the time of the trade, I was absolutely thinking Chris Perry Part 2.But the more that I think about it, the better I like it.

Devon Still concerns me-- good chance to wash out. Iloka plays a weird position (deep deep safety) that doesn't translate to the pros (much like Robert Sands did); and I don't think that Sanu gets enough separation. But I like that the Bengals didn't reach for a LB/RB who wasn't there, and like how they got MUCH more physical with this draft. Orson Charles sounds like a great pickup, too.

Good job by the Bengals. I obviously couldn't have done any better.

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