Bengals Draft Recap

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Cincinnati needed to address several key positions in this draft while also adding talent to the roster. It’s safe to say this was an important draft for the team’s future. It’s also safe to say, that future is in good hands. It is clear Zac Taylor is trying to turn around the culture and stigma of the Cincinnati Bengals football team. Can’t start off much better when selecting Alabama tackle, Jonah Williams, who may have the best work ethic in this draft class. Taylor and Co. did a nice job of being aggressive at the right moments in the draft. Here is a recap of all 10 of the Bengals draft selections:

Round 1, Pick 11: Jonah Williams, Tackle, Alabama

Round 2, pick 52: Drew Sample, Tight End, Washington

Round 3, pick 72: Germaine Pratt, Linebacker, N.C. State

Round 4, pick 104: Ryan Finley, Quarterback, N.C. State

Round 4, pick 125: Renell Wren, Defensive Tackle, ASU

Round 4, pick 136: Michael Jordan, Offensive Line, Ohio State

Round 6, pick 182: Trayveon Williams, Running Back, Texas A&M

Round 6, pick 210: Deshaun Davis, Linebacker, Auburn

Round 6, pick 211: Rodney Andersen, Running Back, Oklahoma

Round 7, pick 223: Jordan Brown, Defensive Back, South Dakota St.

Round 1, Pick 11: Jonah Williams, Tackle, Alabama:

Value: 10/10

Need: 9/10

Fit: 7/10

Projected first year contribution: 9/10

Potential: 10/10

Overall: 45/50 (A)

This was the best pick of their draft class. Cincinnati got the best tackle in his class and possibly the best work ethic and attitude. Zac Taylor fell in love with Williams and he should be able to be an anchor at tackle for many many years. The 2nd coming of Andrew Whitworth is here. Williams is a very versatile offensive lineman who can play tackle or guard. His technique went unmatched from his fellow draft class mates. Williams understands angles and timing, exceptional body control and balance in pass protection. Great hand usage and positioning when defending the edge.

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Overall he is a balanced and smooth pass blocker and can be a powerful force in the run game. But the buck doesn’t stop here when talking positives about the Crimson Tide star.

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Williams work ethic is unbelievable. His dedication and will to be the best he can be will set him up for tremendous success in the NFL.

“I promise I will do everything in my power to prove you right”

Jonah Williams’ message to Cincinnati

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Williams will be apart of turning around the culture in Cincinnati.

Round 2, pick 52: Drew Sample, Tight End, Washington:

The Bengals were in need of some security at the backup tight end position. They are now deeper in a position where health does not know its name. With Eifert being oft-injured, Sample provides a safety spot behind Uzomah. However, despite trading back with Denver, this pick is a major reach. They could have gotten Sample in the 4th round and stocked up on more talent in the 2nd. The Bengals received an extra 4th round pick and another 6th rounder out of the trade. Sample may be a bigger contribution to the offense than most may think. Scouts raved over Sample’s run blocking ability and physical toughness, and so did Zac Taylor.

“There’s not too many details. I don’t think we would have gotten him in the third round. The more you watch the tape on him, he is a physical, does-it-the-way-you-want-it player. You look at his passing stats and say, ‘What’s up with that?’ But he does what you need him to do on first and second down in the passing game. It’s hard to find tight ends that are that physical and hard-nosed in the run game right now.”

The Bengals have stated that they want to be a dominant run team and this pick backs that up.

Value: 4/10

Need: 6/10

Fit: 7/10

Projected first year contribution: 6/10

Potential: 6/10

Overall: 29/50 (D+)

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Round 3, pick 72: Germaine Pratt, Linebacker, NC State:

Value: 9/10

Need: 10/10

Fit: 9/10

Projected first year contribution: 7/10

Potential: 8/10

Overall: 43/50 (A-)

This was a much needed addition to a very weak Linebacker group. Underrated prospect, Germaine Pratt offers speed and tremendous athleticism, along with excellent man coverage and hard hitting ability. He does have a few holes and inconsistencies in his zone coverage but that can always be fixed through experience and reps. Look for Pratt’s snaps to continually increase throughout his rookie season. Along with beinh raw as a linebacker, his reads and inability to block shed should even out as he becomes a better football player to match his athletic skills. Bengals got great value in the 3rd round, Pratt will start and contribute to the defense.

Round 4, pick 104: Ryan Finley, Quarterback, N.C. State:

Value: 6/10

Need: 7/10

Fit: 5/10

Projected first year contribution: 2/10

Potential: 5/10

Overall: 25/50 (F)

Not too much to say here for me. I would’ve liked this pick better if we hadn’t traded up and lost out on other value guys with this pick. However, Zac Taylor really seems to like Finley and that’s something you can understand given his comparison to Goff. Finley is a very accurate Quarterback but that may be all that’s going for him. He is a system fit in Cincinnati, but as of now he will only be a average Quarterback with the ability to be a good back up.

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Round 4, pick 125: Renell Wren, Defensive Tackle, ASU

Value: 8/10

Need: 9/10

Fit: 8/10

Projected first year contribution: 7/10

Potential: 9/10

Overall: 41/50 (A-)

Really like the Wren pick here. This is a steal. Evem though he is not a pass rushing DT, he is stout against the run. Excellent run stuffer who will immediately make an impact for the 29th ranked run defense in 2018. Wren has a ton of upside and for a 4th round pick, its worth the risk. Very athletic and physical upfront. It’ll be exciting to finally have a run stuffer next to the do-it-all Geno Atkins.

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Round 4, pick 136: Michael Jordan, Offensive Line, Ohio State

Value: 8/10

Need: 8/10

Fit: 8/10

Projected first year contribution: 6/10

Potential: 7/10

Overall: 37/50 (B+)

Like last year, Cincinnati took a childhood Bengal fan turned Ohio State Buckeye in the draft. Last time it was DE Sam Hubbard, this year its Michael Jordan. Jordan, who is good friends with 2nd year Center, Billy Price. It’s always a good thing to have chemistry upfront and it looks like the Bengals won’t have to worry about that between the two young bucks. Cincinnati traded up again, in the 4th to select Jordan and it came with good reason. The Bengals offense wants to run the ball effectively and Jordan does nothing but help their goal. He is well known for his run blocking as a athletic and versatile guard who can contribute at the next level. His pass protection needs to be polished but Jordan will fit in great in situational downs.

Round 6, pick 182: Trayveon Williams, Running Back, Texas A&M

Value: 8/10

Need: 8/10

Fit: 8/10

Projected first year contribution: 7/10

Potential: 8/10

Overall: 39/50 (B+)

Trayveon Williams is one of my favorite picks out of this draft class. He is a replacement for Mark Walton and reminds me of a tougher and faster Giovanni Bernard. Which we could see Williams replace Bernard after 2020 when Bernard’s contract is up. Here is a comparison of William’s and Bernard’s measurables at the combine:

GIOVANNI BERNARD:

HT: 5’8

Arm Length: 28″

Hands: 9 3/8″

40 YARD DASH: 4.53 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 19 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 33.5 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 122.0 INCH

3 CONE DRILL: 6.91 SEC

20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.12 SEC

TRAYVEON WILLIAMS:

HT: 5’8″

Arm Length: 30 3/8″

Hands: 9 1/4″

40 Yard Dash 4.51 SEC

Bench Press 19 Reps

Vertical Jump 33.0 INCH
Broad Jump 121.0 INCH
3 Cone Drill 7.44 SEC

20 Yd Shuttle 4.44 SEC

Despite his size, Williams can run through hits, is very shifty yet calm in space, and can hold his own in pass protection which can come in VERY handy in the Zac Taylor’s offense and play action. What’s even better, especially for a franchise who is trying to change the culture is Williams’ character and a locker room leader. His coaches had nothing but great things to say about williams not just as a football player but as a person too.

Round 6, pick 210: Deshaun Davis, Linebacker, Auburn

Value: 6/10

Need: 8/10

Fit: 7/10

Projected year contribution: 6/10

Potential: 6/10

Overall: 33/50 (B-)

Davis is a solid tackler and can consistently get off blocks but will struggle in pass coverage like most of the Bengals current linebackers. He can fit in as a nice 4-3 base linebacker. Davis will add depth and is nice value for the 6th round.

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Round 6, pick 211: Rodney Andersen, Running Back, Oklahoma

Value: 9/10

Need: 7/10

Fit:7/10

Projected first year contribution: 4/10

Potential: 7/10

Overall: 34/50 (B-)

If it weren’t for injury, Anderson would be considered one of the most talented backs in his class, as a result, his stock would have been much, much higher. It’s just a matter of if he can stay healthy and be reliable. If so, Cincinnati has 4 very dangerous backs. Great value in the 6th round.

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Round 7, pick 223: Jordan Brown, Defensive Back, South Dakota St.

Value: 6/10

Need: 7/10

Fit: 6/10

Projected first year contribution: 5/10

Potential: 6/10

Brown is outstanding value in the 7th round. He offers depth so a oft-injured secondary, and the former Wide Receiver brings elite ball skills to the Bengals. Most of his interceptions and passes defensed came in his final two seasons at college and he never missed a game once he became a starter. This low risk pick is a high level athlete and could really shine in the preseason to earn a roster spot.

Overall: 30/50 (C)

The Bengals had a few themes to theid first draft under Zac Taylor. Athleticism and leadership. They took several talented athletes to mold into their own players and took potential corner pieces of a franchise to build character in Cincinnati.

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