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Cincinnati Bengals 2020 Draft Grade: B+

Joe Burrow has franchise tosser traits.  There's a little birdie that keeps popping up and telling us he might be a nutter, but we're still not sure.  Tee Higgins is A.J. Green 2.0 and was a great second round pick.  That should be the foundation of the team for the next 5 years. Logan Wilson will be a starter as a rookie and LB Akeem Davis-Gaither should develop into a starting hybrid S/LB.

Cincinnati Bengals 2018 Draft Grade: C+

The Bengals usually draft well, which is why they had six winning seasons in seven years leading up to 2016.  The last two years they have posted a losing record and we're not sure how Marvin Lewis avoided the chopping block. First round center Billy Price better be a perennial Pro Bowler.  He's physical and should establish an attitude, but the first round was a bit rich.  Second round safety Jessie Bates was likewise a reach.  Sam Hubbard is a high floor/low ceiling guy and Malik Jefferson is a low floor/ high ceiling guy.  Neither of them may end up as starters.  The best player they drafted was 5th round corner Darius Phillips.

Cincinnati Bengals 2017 Draft Grade: A+

They get an A+ in spite of the fact that they reached a bit for their first round pick, WR John Ross. His injury history scares us, but if he stays healthy across from A.J. Green he could be the ideal sidekick. RB Joe Mixon is one of the top five players in the draft if he stays out of trouble and the Bengals got him in the second round. They stole another one of our top 25 players in defensive end Jordan Willis and followed that in the 4th round with pass rusher Carl Lawson, who some people had rated as a first rounder. DT Ryan Glasgow should be a rotational guy and they will probably wind up with a starter out the trio of late round picks: C J.J. Dielman, LB Jordan Evans or CB Brandon Wilson.

Cincinnati Bengals 2016 Draft Grade: B+

They drafted positions of need in CB William Jackson and WR Tyler Boyd who were values at the spots they were taken.  In the 4th and 5th round they stole much higher rated players in DT Andrew Billings and G Chris Westerman.


The only major knock on the Bengals draft was that they didn't draft a pass rusher.  They drafted tackles in the first two rounds in Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher.  We would have drafted Fisher in the first and Ogbuehi in the second, but they have two high quality offensive linemen to replace Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth in 2016.  One of the few picks we thought was a reach was tight end Tyler Kroft in the third.  He's a solid player, but tight ends of that ilk can be had in the 5th/6th round.  From the third round on, the Bengals had the best draft of any team snagging potential first round linebacker Paul Dawson, another first round talent in cornerback Josh Shaw and Fresno State safety Derron Smith.  We almost never say this, but we think 5th round tight end C.J. Uzomah might be a better pro than college player.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Troy Hill- CB, Oregon

Cincinnati Bengals 2014 Draft Grade: C-

The Bengals looked like the Bungles again in 2014.  After several years of highly rated drafts they doinked the 2014 version.  First round pick Darqueze Dennard was a bit overrated at pick #24, but he was at a position of need.  After that things went downhill.  Running back Jeremy Hill to be exact.  The Bengals had one of the NFL's best rookies in RB Giovani Bernard and a solid if unspectacular veteran in Ben Green-Ellis. We think Hill could be a star but if he is that would mean one of the teams best players in Bernard isn't getting on the field.  Will Clarke and Russell Bodine were decent picks but A.J. McCarron?  The Bengals have a fragile quarterback in Andy Dalton who announced that the Bengals would not be drafting someone to compete with him.  Not only did they draft someone, they drafted the guy who said he was told by "most" NFL teams that he would be drafted in the first or second round.  He went in the 5th so someone was lying.  This is the same character who thinks he's an NFL star in waiting and has already done a reality TV show with his beauty queen wife to be.  Too many head scratchers in this draft.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Isaiah Lewis- SS, Michigan State