Ranking The Cincinnati Bengals 2008 Draft Class

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24: Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown past Keith Rivers #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Big Cat Country asks the Jacksonville Jaguars if their 2008 NFL Draft was the worst in franchise history. In their class of five players, none are starters and four have already left the team.

Naturally, I wanted to reflect on our draft class, which was slightly better. However, the team only picked up one starter from the draft, finding some depth on both lines, a disappointing second-round wide receiver and three guys that are out of the NFL entirely.

Draft Pick  
Keith Rivers Started all 25 NFL games he's played. Finished with three 11-tackle performances during his rookie year before an injury against Pittsburgh knocked him out for the season. Finished second on the team with 101 tackles in 2009.
Jerome Simpson Has only played 10 of a possible 38 games. Last (and only) reception happened on October 19, 2008. Often listed as inactive on gameday.
Pat Sims Recorded at least 30 tackles and half a sack during each of his first two seasons. Started 14 of 31 games played.
Andre Caldwell Played every game in 2009, finished second on the team with 51 receptions. Also recorded two game-winning touchdowns against the Steelers and Ravens. Has played 28 games with 71 career receptions.
Anthony Collins Replacement for injured Levi Jones, starting the final six games in 2008, apart of an offensive line that helped the rushing offense pick up 191 yards rushing against Cleveland and 204 yards rushing against Kansas City. Started seven games in 2009. A typical inactive during game day in 2010.
Jason Shirley Played three games in 2008, recording four tackles on the defensive line. Switched early during the 2009 training camp to offensive line before spending the entire season on the practice squad. Placed on non-football injured reserve and out for the year.
Corey Lynch Played seven games with the Bengals his rookie season, recording an interception against Brett Favre. Signed off the Bengals practice squad in September of 2009 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing 19 games and recording eight tackles.
Matt Sherry Placed on Injured Reserve during his first two seasons with the Bengals.
Angelo Craig Waived by the Bengals after the preseason in 2008. Spent time on the Panthers and Patriots practice squads.
Mario Urrutia Signed to the team's practice squad during his rookie season, released during the 2009 offseason.
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