Who was your favorite draft pick or free agent addition this offseason?
Jeremy Hill - I know it wasn't a popular pick amongst Buckeye fans, but he will give this offense something it has lacked for years - a powerful back that can also make guys miss and bust a long run. Count me in the camp of fans that was looking for Hyde in the 2nd round, but the more I research Hill and Hyde, the more I like this pick. He and Bernard should provide a dynamic backfield that will take pressure off Dalton and allow the pass game to be less prominent but more effective.
It's got to be Darqueze Dennard for me. Adam Jones and Terence Newman are aging. Leon Hall is coming back from a second Achilles tear, something no player has ever done. Dre Kirkpatrick is struggling in OTAs.
I believe Dennard will see extensive playing time this year, and could even become a starter at some point. Newman was becoming a real liability in coverage before he was injured and missed the final month of the season.
Jones might be used more on punt returns as well, especially if Dennard can hold down one of the boundary corner spots. Even if he doesn't earn playing time on defense, Dennard is the kind of guy who will work hard just to make an impact on special teams.
It might not be popular, but Jeremy Hill was my favorite move of the offseason. The team recognized what I feel is their biggest weakness, found their guy, and made a boom or bust move. If Hill can prove to be the guy that the Bengals think and hope he is, it will be a big boost to the offense and take heat off of Andy Dalton. He can run hard between the tackles and catch relatively well, but also has the ability to break long plays for a guy that is 230 pounds.
I think the Bengals added a couple of guys in the draft that could be huge pickups in the future. Most will probably think that Jeremy Hill has the biggest chance to make an impact, but the guy I think is my favorite is Russell Bodine. The Bengals need to improve their running game and one of the biggest weaknesses last season was the lackluster play at center.
The biggest issue with former center Kyle Cook was his inability to manhandle opposing defenders. Bodine strongest aspect is that he is a mauler. I think if Bodine gets the reads and offense down in the NFL, he is going to be a huge improvement for the Bengals in both the running and the passing game.
Who was your favorite addition?