Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Orson Charles participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Will Brinson, a senior NFL blogger for CBSSports.com, compiles a list of winners and losers after the three-day weekend during the 2012 NFL draft. A shocking turn-around in Cincinnati's drafts recently argues that the Bengals are literally building a foundation of youth that could challenge the division again this year, and next year and the year after that.
Dating back to the 2010 NFL draft, the Bengals have drafted Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Jermaine Gresham, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Jordan Shipley, along with the prospects selected this year and younger players about to get their due, like Roddrick Muckelroy and Dontay Moch.
Brison writes about the Bengals draft this year.
Cincy's run of success is, frankly, shocking. They killed the 2011 draft with A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, then they turned Carson Palmer into a second first-round pick this year. Their first six picks in this draft -- Dre Kirkpatrick, Kevin Zeitler, Devon Still, Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Thompson and Orson Charles -- are all arguably first- or second-round value guys. Mike Brown's en fuego and it's no longer looking like anything resembling a fluke, which means the Bengals will challenge in the AFC North again next year.