Generally speaking the Bengals are drawing positive reviews for their selections during the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL draft. Let's take a look at what the national media said about Cincinnati's Friday selections of Giovani Bernard, Margus Hunt and Shawn Williams.
Owner Mike Brown quietly has turned into one of the best drafters in the NFL. He backed up one of our favorite first-round picks in Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert with North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard and SMU defensive end Margus Hunt in the second round. This Bengals offense needed more explosiveness; it has it with Eifert and Bernard.
Hunt is the poor man's Ziggy Ansah (drafted No. 5 overall by the Detroit Lions). Cincinnati is the perfect spot for a raw talent with immense physical skills because of coordinator Mike Zimmer. No one coaches up pass rushers better.
Clark Judge with CBSSports.com calls Cincinnati one of the biggest winners of Day Two:
Once upon a time, the Bengals were one of the NFL's most overworked punchlines. Not anymore. They're quietly assembling another outstanding cast of draft picks, adding tight end Tyler Eifert, running back Giovani Bernard and defensive end Margus Hunt with their first three picks. Nice.
Mel Kiper Jr. is one of three teams mentioned when describing the best Day Two selections:
If I went by my board, I would have preferred Eddie Lacy to Bernard at No. 37, but it's not a bad pick. Remember, Bernard was the first running back taken in the entire draft, so if he's the No. 1 player on Cincy's board and they get him that far down, it's a pretty good get. And what they really need at running back is a little more explosiveness and versatility. That's exactly what Bernard offers, particularly as a pass-catcher. Hunt is raw, but at No. 53 he's a pretty tremendous value. I know there were teams that thought he might come off the board in the late first or early second round. Williams is a productive player out of the SEC, and has the potential to fill a hole at the safety position for the Bengals. This team is hitting needs and getting value.
Nate Davis with the USA Today writes on Cincinnati's selection of Georgia strong safety Shawn Williams.
Analysis: The Bengals seemed to struggle without Chris Crocker, who's no longer on the roster. Williams could get a shot at his spot next to starting FS Reggie Nelson.
Davis on Giovani Bernard in the second round:
One night after enlisting TE Tyler Eifert, the Bengals wisely continue adding parts around third-year QB Andy Dalton. Bernard is shifty, a good pass catcher and can return kicks — all things that starting RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis doesn't do very well. Cincinnati's lack of explosiveness outside of WR A.J. Green was a major reason the Texans scuttled them in the playoffs the past two seasons.
And Margus Hunt:
The Bengals continue to stock a deep defensive line with Hunt, an Estonian known as the "Eastern Block," given the 6-8 player's proclivity for blocking kicks. The former track and field star will be 26 this year, but Cincinnati is showing little fear adding players who can help them win now.
Pete Prisco with CBSSports.com on Shawn Williams.
He is a rangy safety who will address a position of need in the back end. I like that.
Joe Reedy on the selection of Williams:
What gave Williams the edge is that he has versatility at both safety spots and that he has made the calls in the secondary, which is something that Chris Crocker had done here for the past five seasons. Crocker, who is going into his 11th year, is a free agent.