I woke up and smiled on Sunday because I knew I wouldn't be reading or writing about the draft of mock drafts for the better part of the year. I know most of you have to feel the same way.
So don't worry, we aren't going to start pumping out 2014 mock drafts until we need to. If we did it now, regardless of what the title actually was, I'm sure it would just look like this: "2014 NFL Mock Draft: Because F*** You"
I gotta say I'm pretty happy with the draft. Tyler Eifert is going to add another dimension to the Bengals offense and gives Andy Dalton another big, sure-handed target to throw to. I would like to see a team cover Eifert, Jermaine Gresham and A.J. Green in the red zone.
Giovani Bernard is the running back that many of us wanted. I was impressed with him at the Combine and I think he gives the Bengals something they've been missing in the ground game.
Margus Hunt is going to be a project, but like Bernard, he was one of my favorites at the Combine. He's also a physical freak and after seeing what Mike Zimmer was able to do with Michael Johnson, I have faith Hunt will be a productive pass rusher.
I have to admit, I knew nothing about the safety, Shawn Williams, they drafted in the third round, but the more I read about him and the more highlight film I watch in which he knocks the heads off of the guys he tackles, the more I like the pick. Many believe he'll be a starter on day one.
I didn't mind the rest of the picks either. I think they got some good and talented players in the late rounds that can not only add depth, but work their way onto the field with time and contribute.
Some other things from draft weekend:
+ Throughout Peter King's entire MMQB, he said one thing about the Bengals:
15. Be careful, Cincinnati. Or we'll start to think you know how to draft.
While King is a respected member of the sports journalism community, this makes me think he has no clue what he's talking about. The Bengals had a good draft in 2013, just like they did in 2012, 2011, 2010 and even 2009. Saying something like that means King hasn't been paying attention or he just doesn't know what he's doing. The Bengals aren't a punchline anymore.
+ Draft grades are pointless at this point. They're fun reads, but nobody has a clue what Eifert is going to do on an NFL field. The best way to grade a draft is wait four years and judge a team's draft performance by the actual performance of their selections, not the potential they have. Potential means nothing.
Still, I like reading them.
+ It's hard to describe the feeling I had when it was announced the Bengals selected Barnard and they re-signed Andre Smith within 20 minutes of each other. It was almost complete overload.
+ Now that Smith has been re-signed, the Bengals' team is pretty much complete. They have their right tackle back and with the draft picks they've added, there aren't many holes left on the roster.
+ Welcome to the dead zone. We have quite a while before the team gets together for organized workouts and there isn't going to be a lot of news between now and then. There may be a couple small free agency signings and of course there are rookie signings, but in the end, the draft was the last big event until the preseason.
It's about to get boring. Brace yourselves.
At least the draft is over, though.