ESPN's scouting service Scout, Inc. and Matt Williamson released a top-200 NFL players ranking this week, excluding rookies who have yet to play an NFL down (an exclusion I agree with). The ranking (an ESPN In$ider article) has four Bengals in the top-200. The top-ranked Cincinnati player is predictably wide receiver A.J. Green at No. 70. Followed by Andrew Whitworth (No. 84), Geno Atkins (No. 150) and Carlos Dunlap (No. 168). The following are rankings based on position and there's a few head-scratches.
BASED ON POSITION RANKINGS
At quarterback Andy Dalton is ranked No. 20, four spots behind former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (we'll point that out until the end of time, sorry). Running back presented the first point of interest, listing Bernard Scott (at No. 43), which is higher than BenJarvus Green-Ellis who wasn't even in the top-50. Chris Pressley didn't make the list of top full backs (there were 29 and he wasn't one of them), A.J. Green is on the outside of the top-ten at No. 11 at wide receiver and Jermaine Gresham was listed as the No. 15 tight end. Cincinnati at least made a little headway on the offensive line, specifically offensive tackle with Andrew Whitworth at No. 7 and Andre Smith at No. 28. Having two tackles in the top-28 with 64 starting tackles in the NFL isn't all that bad (if you value Williamson's evaluation). Kyle Cook (No. 20 at center) and Clint Boling (at No. 41 at guard) round out the offensive line.
On the defensive side of the ball, Carlos Dunlap ranked No. 21 among defensive ends with Michael Johnson at No. 46. At defensive tackle Geno Atkins ranked No. 10 with Domata Peko at No. 37. Not a single Bengals linebacker made the top-50 while Leon Hall (No. 21), Terence Newman (No. 44) and Nate Clements (No. 45) made the top-50 cornerbacks. Reggie Nelson is ranked at No. 22 among safeties. And finally special teams with Mike Nugent listed as the No. 11 best kicker and Kevin Huber ranked No. 7 at punter. A more simplistic breakdown.
|RUNNING BACK||Bernard Scott||43|
|FULL BACK||Chris Pressley||N/R|
|WIDE RECEIVER||A.J. Green||11|
|TIGHT END||Jermaine Gresham||15|
|OFFENSIVE TACKLE||Andrew Whitworth||7|
|OFFENSIVE GUARD||Clint Boling||41|
|DEFENSIVE END||Carlos Dunlap||21|
|DEFENSIVE TACKLE||Geno Atkins||10|
|PLACE KICKER||Mike Nugent||11|