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Ranking and Grading the Bengals last 10 draft picks

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With Draft season underway, let’s take a look at the Bengals last 10 1st round picks and rank them best to worst

Grading system:

Pick after: If player is better -5 points, if player is worse. +5 points, if equal, 0 points.

Need: The teams need of Position (max 10 points)

Production: Stats/play on field (max 10 points)

Still on team: if yes, +5 points, if no -5 points (has to be at least entering 4th year in the league to qualify if this grade.)

Value: Player’s talent in college plus where he is drafted (max 10 points)

10th: 2015, 21st overall, Cedric Ogbuehi | OT | Texas A&M
Pick after: Bud Dupree (-)
Need: 7/10
Production: 2/10
Still on team: yes (not expected to be)
Value: 7/10
Overall grade: 6 out of 409th: 2017,
 9th overall, John Ross | WR | Washington
Pick after: Patrick Mahomes (-)
Need: 8/10
Production: 5/10
Still on team: Yes
Value: 4/10
Overall grade: 12 out of 40
8th: 2010, 21st overall, Germaine Gresham | TE | Oklahoma
Pick after: Demaryius Thomas (-)
Need: 9/10
Production: 7/10
Still on team: no
Value: 7/10
Overall grade: 13 out of 40


7th: 2014, 24th overall, Darqueze Dennard | CB | Michigan State

Pick after: Jason Verrett (-)
Need: 6/10
Production: 7/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 6/10

Overall grade: 19 out of 40


6th: 2018, 21st overall, Billy Price | C | Ohio State

Pick after: Rashaan Evans (=)
Need: 9/10
Production: 6/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 6/10

Overall grade: 21 out of 40


5th: 2012, 17th overall, Dre Kirkpatrick | CB | Alabama

Pick after: Melvin Ingram (-)
Need: 7/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 7/10

Overall grade: 22 out of 40

4th: 2012, 27th overall, Kevin Zeitler | OG | Wisconsin

Pick after: Nick Perry (+)
Need: 8/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: no
Value: 8/10

Overall grade: 24 out of 40


3rd: 2013, 21st overall, Tyler Eifert | TE | Notre Dame

Pick after: Desmond Trufant (=)
Need: 7/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 7/10

Overall grade: 27 out of 40


2nd: 2016, 24th overall, William Jackson III | CB | Houston

Pick after: Artie Burns (+)
Need: 7/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 7/10

Overall Grade: 32 out of 40


1st: 2011, 4th overall, A.J. Green | WR | Georgia

Pick after: Patrick Peterson (=)
Need: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 9/10

Overall Grade: 34 out of 40

Clearly A.J. Green has been the best pick out of the last 10 and certainly one of the best Bengals selections ever, as he continues his Hall of Fame career.

William Jackson has surprised many with his lockdown ability despite missing his entire rookie year but so far this pick looks like a good one.

Although Eifert carries the dreaded “injury prone” label around with him, his talent and red zone threat ability make this one one of Cincy’s better picks. When healthy, he produces on the field and creates space in the middle.

Kevin Zeitler had an underrated stint in Cincinnati and we only realized that after he was gone. The Bengals front office failed to real in their former first-round guard in free agency just a few years ago and his absence is severely missed.

As inconsistent as Dre is, he still holds together a vastly underrated secondary in Cincinnati and is apart of their culture. Dre has made many highlight real INTs, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and being consistent while he is in his second contract in the queen city.

Their most recent pick, Billy Price struggled in his first year in stripes but that’s expected for almost any first-year linemen. He had his moments and showed that he has a promising future.

Impending free agent, Darqueze Dennard has proven to be a solid nickel corner. Yet he hasn’t exactly fit his first-round selection so far. Still, he should be brought back to the Bengals to keep a veteran secondary together.

Germaine Gresham had his moments but never really flashed in Cincinnati. He was reliable but inconsistent and eventually just not what The Bengals needed.

The speedster John Ross has had a frustrating start to his career but he does open up the field for other and is a sneaky red zone target with 7 Touchdowns this season and 5 of them from inside the 20 yard line. I expect him to eventually move up on this list as he continues to grow.

Cedric Ogbuehi, add him to the list of Bengals first round busts. The best thing to say here is that we have Cordy Glenn. We wish Ogbuehi the best on his future.

Overall, the last 10 selections have had their Ups and Downs but fortunately its been mostly Ups, along with a couple newer picks who can’t really be labeled hits or misses yet. Who should the Bengals pick this year to add to the list?


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