Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; California wide receiver Marvin Jones participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
There's been a trend that we've noticed since last weekend's NFL draft, which focuses along the shores of "steal" or general discussions of tremendous value for the Cincinnati Bengals. And generally speaking those discussions have surrounded two fifth-round selections in wide receiver Marvin Jones and safety George Iloka, both of whom were selected back-to-back at No. 166 and No. 167 respectively.
Mel Kiper Jr. wrote a list of impact players selected in the fourth round (In$ider) through the end of the end of the draft. He writes of Marvin Jones:
He has the talent of a second-round pick, but a knee injury probably dropped him on some boards. Still, he has good size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and sub-4.5 speed, and could end up beating out fellow rookie Mohamed Sanu for the No. 2 WR spot across from A.J. Green. That's a good camp battle to watch.
On Bengals safety George Iloka.
The Bengals could see good competition at strong safety; the problem for Iloka is that he fits the profile of a free safety. He has good coverage skills and simply shies away from contact on occasions. It's odd, because at over 6-3, 225, he has the physical profile of a strong safety. I said Iloka was a little overrated (as, say, a second-round pick) because of questions about his willingness to tackle, but he could be a steal in the sixth. The guy played throughout all four seasons at Boise St., so he's not going to look lost out there.