If you believed the Bengals should go after Asante Samuel, then you're out of luck. The Patriots franchised Samuel Friday night. The Bears also franchised Lance Briggs -- Windy City Gridiron reacts. That makes three so far when you include Justin Smith. The Colts are expected to franchise Dwight Freeney before Thursday -- the deadline to franchise/transition players.
It's not like any of that really matters anyway. The Bengals won't go after a top-tier free agent -- Lewis admitted that already. So we can put that to bed now.
Geoff Hobson says if character was a big deal in the 2001 draft then the Bengals would have likely looked over Chad Johnson and T.J Houshmandzadeh.
Mocking with Hair...
Mel Kiper released his first mock draft last week and had the Bengals picking up Leon Hall -- Cornerback out of Michigan. On the Clock Draft has Hall as the best ranked cornerback in this draft. They say:
ESPN's Draft Tracker says of Hall.
Weaknesses: Lack of elite top-end speed is the primary knock. Lacks the acceleration to recover from mistakes versus faster NFL receivers. Comes from a system in which he typically gives a lot of cushion in coverage. Seems to be more comfortable coming forward then he is when asked to turn-and-run in press coverage.
Overall: Hall lacks elite speed, which was exposed in his 2006 matchup versus Ohio State WR Ted Ginn Jr. However, Hall is a physical cover corner with a very good combination of size, athleticism, instincts and ball skills. He will fit best in a zone-heavy scheme in the NFL but he also can succeed playing mostly man-to-man coverage, so long as he gets deep-support versus upper-echelon speed receivers.
Todd McShay has the Bengals picking Darrelle Revis - Cornerback out of Pitt.
On the Clock says of Revis:
Draft Tracker says of Revis:
Weaknesses: Lacks elite speed and quick-twitch athleticism. His hips are fluid but he doesn't display ideal lateral quickness. He will struggle to match-up one-on-one versus NFL's quicker and faster wide receivers. While he is elusive and shows some burst as a return man, he lacks ideal acceleration in that department.
Revis is generally ranked as the second best cornerback in the draft.