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Will Clarke...Great Reach or Great Pick?

With the 88th pick of the NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select...

Will Clark

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Um, this Will Clarke.

The DE from WVU.

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Last year, the Bengals 4 DE's were:

Michael Johnson is gone, and even if Gilberry or Hunt assume the starter's role, we need somebody to replace them as a backup. (Other than Geathers, please)

So it makes sense that at some point, the Bengals grabbed a DE in the draft.

But the question is: was Will Clarke at #88 overall the correct DE to draft?

Regardless of whose board you look at, the general consensus was that Clowney was alone in the elite tier of DE's.

After him, the second grouping of good DE's typically included: Ford, Lawrence, Ealy, Crichton, Smith, Martin & Murphy.

When Kareem Martin was picked 4 picks ahead of Cincy at #84, the last of the good DE's had gone off the board (per most boards).

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So the Bengals could either pick a DE who was the "best of the rest", which would be somebody like Jackson Jeffcoat, Brent Urban, Will Clarke, etc...

Or the Bengals could grab a good BPA (such as Trai Turner or Antonio Richardson, etc...) at a position other than DE, but probably miss on a DE who has any chance of developing into more than a spot backup.

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We all know which direction the Bengals went - selection Clarke.

So the question is, was it the right selection?

Had they passed on Clarke, the DE they ultimately would have drafted would have been much lower rated, but did they pass on too much quality at other positions to grab Clarke? Would they have been better off with Dri or Montcreif or Trai or Tiny or a QB?

On an aside, when the question was posed of which DE not named Clowney would we want in Cincy, only 7% of the voters liked Clarke. Now that he is a Bengal, I wonder if that % has changed?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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