Round 1 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
With the 24th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Teddy Bridgewater.
*(Kyle Fuller, Ryan Shazier, Odell Beckam Jr.)
Going into the offseason I felt that QB was our biggest need and with the NFL Draft just 2 days away, nothing has changed my mind. The difference is that, back then no one would think we had a chance at drafting Bridgewater. This pick can could be very similar to the 2002 NFL Draft, when Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers at 24. Bridgewater was the #1 prospect for basically the whole season without a Mike Evans, Odell Beckam Jr, Sammy Watkins or a Jake Matthews on Louisville. It comes down to the tape and that's what had him ranked so high during the season. This is a BPA pick that also fills our biggest need IMO.
Teddy Bridgewater vs Ohio (2013) (via DCheeseB)
Teddy Bridgewater 2013-14 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via HFX HD)
Round 2 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
With the 55th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Pierre Desir.
*(Scott Crichton, Carlos Hyde, Marcus Martin)
Corner is another big need coming into the NFL Draft due to our aging and injury prone secondary. I think that Pierre Desir and Kyle Fuller, are going to be the best corners in this years draft. Desir is coming from a small school and didn't get the recognition that he deserved,I honestly think he is bound to shock people in the NFL.
LUTV - Pierre Desir Highlights (via Lindenwood University Athletics)
Round 3 Dion Bailey S USC
With the 88th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Dion Bailey.
*(Jeremy Hill, Stanley Jean Baptiste, Dakota Dozier)
Bailey is a versatile playmaker that has the ability to play the Safety and Linebacker position. In 2013, the Junior from USC had a total of 61 tackles and 5 interceptions. With his ability to not just play but excel at two different positions, he would be very useful for Paul Guenther as his first season as a coordinator.
Dion Bailey USC Highlights ᴴᴰ (via Harris Highlights)
Round 4 Andre Williams RB Boston College
With the 128th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Andre Williams.
*(Kenny Ladler , Dakota Dozier, Brett Smith)
Not necessarily a need but a valuable pick with power back Andre Williams. Gives us a back that can balance the touches in the backfield with Giovani Bernard. In 2013 Williams averaged more than 6 yards per carry and had a total of 18 rushing touchdowns. Bernard and Williams together has the potential to be an unstoppable tandem in the backfield for years to come.
Andre Williams 2013 Highlights |HD| (via HFX HD)
Round 5 Robert Herron WR Wyoming
With the 164th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Robert Herron.
Robert Herron a very underrated receiver coming out Wyoming. Herron could be a replacement for Andrew Hawkins who we lost to the Browns in free agency. Herron has good body control and soft hands to adjust to inaccurate passes. At the combine, Herron ran a 4.48 40 time showcasing his straight line speed. Last season, he caught 72 passes for 937 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Robert Herron Wyoming Highlights ᴴᴰ (via Harris Highlights)
Round 6 Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
With the 199th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Dexter McDougle.
Adding depth to the corner position McDougle, who injured his shoulder after recording 8 tackles and 2 interceptions vs Connecticut leaving him out for the rest of the season.
Official Highlight Tape of #25 Dexter McDougle (via King's Kid Prod.)
Round 6 (C) J.C. Copeland FB LSU
With the 212th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select J.C. Copeland
A great blocker that can also be used as a power back and pound it in the inside. Copeland deserves more credit for the plays LSU made on the ground, he is truly a beast at the Fullback position. J.C. Copeland showcased his talents at the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl running it in for two touchdowns and earning MVP honors. The 2nd ranked fullback in the draft but the fact that he is a fullback is why he has 6-7th round grade on him.
JC Copeland 2012 LSU Season Highlights (via HitzTV54)
Round 7 Andrew Norwell OT/OG Ohio State
With the 239th pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Andrew Norwell.
Norwell plays both positions offensive guard and tackle. Giving the Bengals more depth on the offensive line.
Round 7 (C) Keith Smith ILB SJSU
With the 252nd pick the Cincinnati Bengals select Keith Smith.
Smith lead the nation in tackles with 159 and tackles per game with a 13.2 game average. Playing at SJSU Smith isn't getting as much recognition as he deserves.