We reacted to Football Expert's Michael Abromowitz's seven-round mock draft on Saturday (yes, we work weekends too), which I thought was the most sound mock of any draft I've seen to date -- and all seven rounds no less. So
I just wanted to tell you Joe Burnett was purposely drafted by Cincy to be a kick returner. The Bengals have lacked a solid return man for a long time. The Bengals have shown an interest in TE Jared Cook this offseason, I doubt they draft him but it showed me tight end is still on the radar. Sherry has yet to prove anything, and Gronkowski is a hard working player, that can immediately contribute on special teams. By the later rounds, the difference between a 3rd string tight end making the team is if he can play special teams. You can see many of the prospects are strong character guys starting with Monroe. Unger, McKillop, Gronkowski, Fokou, Hartline, and of course Cantwell with his Louisville ties. Jordan Palmer needs some competition, and what better than a 7th round draft pick that last August was considered a possible first rounder. McKillop was the biggest reach of the players, but after the Odell situation, I think the Bengals should be willing to reach in the 4th round to gain someone with great leadership characteristics.
I doubt the Bengals draft Fiammetta, because they seem to have a lovefest with that BYU fullback, Fui Vakapuna, but Fiammetta and Quinn Johnson seem to be by far and away the cream of the crop and the Bengals definitely need an actual fullback this season.
With 11 draft picks, the Bengals won't keep all of them, so expect some movement. I don't project trades, so teams like Cincinnati and Philadelphia (who owns 12 picks) I am picking more picks than they most likely will have.
Dave is getting giddy on the prospect that linebacker Aaron Curry could be available with the sixth pick.
Darney Scott's cousin, Will Franklin, was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.
If Andre Smith is drafted in the first round of this year's draft, he'll be the first player from Alabama to be drafted in the first round since Chris Samuels and Shaun Alexander were drafted in 2000.
WDR feeds into the character/issues machine promoted by the MSM about the Bengals off-the-field conduct.
Adam Schein questioned the Browns getting two primetime games.
And I'm not begging for the Bengals in prime time. They rightly received no love. But Quinn and Anderson get two games on the national stage while the human jugs machine Carson Palmer doesn't get one? Didn't the Bengals have a higher winning percentage last year?
The Miami Redhawks will be the first team to play a regular season game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Not even Eagles fans want Chad Johnson.
Good outing by Arroyo, even better relief pitching and an awesome combination of Jerry Hairston Jr. and Willy Taveras -- both go on base a combined six times, for four runs, two runs batted in. After the 6-1 win last night, the Reds are now 4-3 and tied for third in the division.