Pro Football Focus Draft Grader: Cincinnati Bengals

John Grieshop

What do the guys at PFF have to say about the Bengals' recent drafts?

The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the best teams in the league when it comes to Winnipeg the NFL Draft. The majority of their roster is constructed with players either drafted or signed as undrafted free agents.

Pro Football Focus is grading the recent drafts of every team leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Cincinnati got the highest possible achievement with their pick of Geno Atkins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft:

+2.0: You've just found Tom Brady in the 6th round

Geno Atkins, DT (121st overall pick in 2010): To this day it amazes that talent like Geno Atkins would see 120 people selected before him. Whether that is a chip on his shoulder or not remains in doubt, but what is not in doubt is how Atkins has dominated. First in selected situations as a rookie and then every down as a starter. His 2012 season remains the best we've ever graded by a defensive tackle, and while he missed part of 2013 injured, there's no question he is the top man at his position in the league.

With the good comes also the bad, and many of their worst draft picks came between 2009-10, including USC middle linebacker Rey Maualuga:

-0.5: That pick was not put to good use

Rey Maualuga, LB (38th overall pick in 2009): Impressed on early downs in his first two years but with more responsibility thrust upon his play his performances fell off a cliff. One of the weaker starting middle linebackers in the league and a guy whose performance suggests he needs to see less snaps.

Of the 12 players who received a negative draft grade, only Maualuga and tight end Jermaine Gresham have started multiple games for the Bengals. The rest were cut not long after they were drafted.

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