The Cincinnati Bengals were absolutely atrocious last season finishing with the worst record in the National Football League (NFL) at 2-14. An injury to WR A.J. Green and inexperienced coaching led to their debacle last season. However, there is a glimmer of hope because the Bengals had the #1 pick in this NFL Draft and because Cincinnati lost eight of their games by eight points or less last season. Let’s check out who they picked up in the NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 1: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU (6’3″, 221 lbs). Basically, Burrow had the best season in college football history as he threw a record 60 TD’s. More than likely, he will start immediately. The primary thing that he needs to work on is to stop taking unnecessary sacks.
Round 2, Pick 1: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson (6’4″, 216 lbs). Higgins adds much-needed depth to the receiving corps. His height is an asset against smaller cornerbacks in jump-ball situations, but he also has the speed to go downfield. As long as he has add some upper-body strength, he will have a solid career in the NFL.
Round 3, Pick 1: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming (6’2″, 241 lbs). Wilson adds depth to the linebacking corps as he can play at inside or outside linebacker. He is a good tackler and is able to drop back into coverage.
Round 4, Pick 1: Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State (6’1″, 224 lbs). Davis-Gaither is able to bring pressure after having 14.5 tackles for loss last season.
Round 5, Pick 1: Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame (6’4″, 268 lbs). Kareem will add pressure from the outside after procuring 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss last season.
Round 6, Pick 1: Hakeem Adeniji, G, Kansas (6’4″, 302 lbs). Adeniji played at tackle in college, but will add depth to the Bengals offensive line at either tackle or guard.
Round 7, Pick 1: Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue (6’0″, 235 lbs). Bailey adds depth to the inside linebacker position. He dropped due to a knee injury sidelining him last season.
Grade: The Bengals addressed their weaknesses on the offense and in the front seven. Drafting at the top with Burrow at #1 made this draft rather easy for Cincinnati. Grade: B-.
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