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DreK and Big Z - It's a new day.


OK...good night's sleep, I'm a bit calmer. Looking at the big picture now and I feel better.

DreK comes in and immediately starts at nickel making our secondary one of the deepest in the conference. We should have our pick of guys to move to FS on passing downs. While we still don't have anyone on the roster we can put on an island - and I don't think DreK will ever turn into that guy, either - we have a wealth of DB's now who can mix and match to be able to contain just about any passing attack. I worry that we're still going to pretty much end up with two #2 starters in Hall and DreK, but once Stephon Gilmore came off the board I'm not sure we had much of a choice. Clearly Jenkins' red flags were enough to keep 31 other teams from drafting him in the 1st round, too, so this was a solid move that makes us better right away and gives us a stable if unremarkable safety net going forward.

The mountain really had to come to me, metaphorically, with Big Z. The thing about Kevin Zeitler is that I have no doubt he can and likely will be a very good OG. But he will always be seen as "the guy we passed on David DeCastro for" and, to make things worse, he's going to be that guy very blatantly twice a year for a long time with the Steelers getting the steal of the first round. If we had taken DeCastro with the 21st pick the round would have been a homerun. As it stands it's a nice ground-rule double. Zeitler comes in day 1 and starts next to Andre making the right side of our line an absolute wrecking crew. It won't win many style points, but you point at the guy across the line of scrimmage and say "Knock that guy down" and it's going to happen. It makes me much more comfortable with the prospect of going after Lamarr Miller in the 2nd and MUCH more comfortable with going after Isaiah Pead in the 3rd, though we will have to move up in either of those rounds to get one of those guys. Big Z doesn't offer Andy Dalton the elite pass protection DeCastro would have, but the gain in the running game should help offset that by keeping defenses honest. I'm not a huge fan of Paul Alexander (as some may have noticed in my particularly venomous post last night), but if it is HONESTLY true that they had Zeitler and DeCastro ranked equally on their board, it was a shrewd move to trade back. My only complaint would be you probably could have traded back even FARTHER, even out of the round, and still gotten him while adding multiple picks including a 2nd rounder. But our offensive line got a LOT better with the addition of Zeitler and Wharton, and that's the bottom line. DeCastro is a Steeler and that sucks, but it doesn't discount the marked improvement on one of our weaker units. Better line = better offense = better football team. The End.

B- on the first round. Depending on what moves we make with the extra picks to hopefully get at least one gamechanger (Stephon Hill, Miller, Pead, Sanu, etc) that could become a B or a B+.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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