2012 NFL Draft Grades: Mel Kiper Jr. Gives The Bengals An "A"

Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft picks cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (right) and Kevin Zeitler (left) with head coach Marvin Lewis during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

With the NFL draft completed and Bengals fans are finally emerging from their caves that suited their weekend shelter, talking heads and analysts are starting to breakdown and grade the NFL draft. For the most part we believe that the Bengals had an excellent weekend, and most experts are acknowledging that the Bengals got both value and those picks addressed needs on the team.

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. agreed, giving the Bengals an A- on the draft, broken down into an A for addressing needs and a B on value of those picks.

The Bengals didn't hit any home runs in value, but as we sat on the set we'd nod to each other with every pick. (How's that for a behind-the-scenes glimpse?) They just crossed off needs, one pick after another. They needed a corner and nabbed Dre Kirkpatrick. I think he'd be more of an ace in Cover 2, but he's a good corner and can start immediately. Kevin Zeitler is a stud at guard, and upgrades a weakness. Devon Still provides immediate depth on the D-line, and Mohamed Sanu will stick. He was hugely productive at Rutgers. Orson Charles is a complete tight end -- he was my No. 5-ranked player at that spot, and the Bengals get him at No. 116. I thought George Iloka was a little overrated, but he's a steal in the sixth round. If he develops as a tackler, he has the upside of a starter. Overall, an excellent draft for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals.

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