Reviewing The Cincinnati Bengals Draft

The worst kept secret in football came to fruition on draft day and try as they may to disguise it, when the Bengals selected Carson Palmer with the first pick, no one was surprised. As they once again look to right a sinking ship what was the end result for the Bengals?

Round

Pick

Player

Pos

School

1

1(1)

Carson Palmer

QB

Southern Cal

2

1(33)

Eric Steinbach

OT

Iowa

3

1(65)

Kelley Washington*

WR

Tennessee

4

1(98)

Dennis Weathersby

CB

Oregon St.

4

21(118)

Jeremi Johnson

FB

W. Kentucky

5

1(136)

Khalid Abdullah

OLB

Mars Hill

6

1(174)

Langston Moore

DT

South Carolina

7

1(215)

Scott Kooistra

OT

NC State

7

45(259)

Elton Patterson

DE

UCF



UDFA of Note: Belton Johnson /T/ Mississippi, Ja'Waren Blair /DT/ East Carolina, Garry Johnson /T/ Arkansas St, Rodney Thomas /OLB/ Clemson, Terrell Roberts /CB/ Oregon St, James Adkinsson /WR/ South Carolina, Tommy Jones /QB/ Indiana

Carson Palmer may not be a franchise quarterback; in fact, he is not even a sure thing to our minds. However, considering he is a solid signal caller, was one of the better players in the draft and a trade was unavailable to Cincinnati, taking him with the initial selection was the right move. The Bengals have an emerging offensive line and a solid group of receivers, never mind Corey Dillon. Palmer will not be forced to take the reigns immediately and in time should become a productive NFL-quarterback.

Selecting Eric Steinbach in round two was excellent value and sets up several possibilities on the Bengal line. Many, including us, considered Steinbach first round material. Others were not so convinced by his performance at left tackle during the Senior Bowl, hence the drop into the second frame. Like Levi Jones of last year, Steinbach can play several positions on the offensive line and his versatility gives the franchise options when high priced veterans like Willie Anderson come up for contract renewal.

Likewise Kelley Washington was good value in round three. At the top of his game Washington is an impact receiver that stretches the defense vertically or makes the important grab on third down. His overall game needs a lot of work, and there is also this small problem with his neck but he was worth the gamble of a third round pick.

Again, they came away with a bargain in the following frame after tabbing Dennis Weathersby. The rise and fall of Weathersby before the draft was well told and after a first round performance at the combine, he suffered gunshot wounds to the back just a week before the event. Wounds heal and players of Weathersby's talent are tough to find. He could pan out to be a lesser version of Chris McAllister, a player Marvin Lewis is familiar with.

Jeremi Johnson was a surprising pick that same round. Early in his career at Indiana, Johnson looked like a stud fullback with his combination of devastating blocking ability as well as offensive skill but a lack of attention to detail as well as an out of condition body eventually got him into hot water with new Hoosier coach Gerry DiNardo. After moving down a level in competition, Johnson did not dominate the opposition in I-AA at Western Kentucky. He is a prospect with great innate skills but a lazy young man who needs to get his act in gear.

Khalid Abdullah offers a potential back up at outside linebacker with solid prospects in the future as a starter. He will need time but must be considered a top developmental candidate.

Langston Moore could back up on the nose or middle guard position, Scott Koistra is practice squad material as is Elton Patterson, though don't be surprised if Patterson finds his way onto the active roster.

Analysis: This was a very impressive job by Lewis and the Bengals, one that Mike Brown did not have his fingerprints on. While the franchise displayed rays of hope in the past only to fall flat on their face, this time you really feel the Bengals are headed in the right direction.

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