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NFL Draft: Biggest Hits And Misses In Marvin Lewis Era - Part 3

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With the draft a few days away, I wanted to take a look back at some of the other drafts during the Marvin Lewis era. This is the third in a 3 part series.


2009 was a good off-season. This is when Bengals fans had the chance to look into the inner workings of the Bengals via the cameras of HBO's hard knocks. Here were the draft picks.

1 Andre Smith OT Alabama
2 Rey Maualuga LB USC
3 Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
3 Chase Coffman TE Missouri
4 Jonathan Luigs C Arkansas
5 Kevin Huber P Cincinnati
6 Morgan Trent CB Michigan
6 Bernard Scott RB Abilene Christian
7 Fui Vakapuna FB Brigham Young
7 Clinton McDonald DT Memphis
7 Freddie Brown WR Utah

Will he or won't he sign? Looking back at the Andre Smith pick Bengals fans did not know what to expect. Sure, the kid had talent, but his performance at the combine made many people want the Bengals to pick one of the other lineman in the draft. To me, this pick screamed holdout and I wanted a guy that wanted to play, I wasn't sure Smith was that guy.

Most of us were excited Rey Maualuga fell to the Bengals. When the Broncos traded in front of them in the second round, I thought they were going to snatch him. Michael Johnson was considered a reach but looked to have the physical ability to create havoc on the line.

Huber was a feel good pick and has been a good punter for the Bengals while the jury is still out on Scott. The Chase Coffman picked seemed like it could maybe work because of the reception numbers he put up in college. I remember being happy with this draft at the time.

Players passed on:

  • B. J. Raji
  • Brian Orakpo
  • Brian Cushing
  • Clay Matthews
  • LeSean McCoy
  • Mike Wallace

In 2010 the picks looked like this:

1 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
2 Carlos Dunlap DE Florida
3 Jordan Shipley WR Texas
3 Brandon Ghee CB Wake Forest
4 Geno Atkins DT Georgia
4 Roddrick Muckelroy LB Texas
5 Otis Hudson G Eastern Illinois
6 Dezmon Briscoe WR Kansas
7 Reggie Stephens G Iowa State

Great draft for Marvin. If Gresham becomes a more consistent player and had Shipley not gotten hurt, this could have been the best draft for coach Lewis.

As it panned out, there were some other great tight ends drafted later in this draft. Shipley got hurt and was released along with Muckelroy, Briscoe and Stephens.

Tough to argue against the production the Bengals get from Dunlap and Atkins.

Players passed on:

  • Demaryius Thomas
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Jimmy Graham
  • Aaron Hernandez

In 2011 the draft shook out like this for the Bengals:

1 A. J. Green WR Georgia
2 Andy Dalton QB TCU
3 Dontay Moch LB Nevada
4 Clint Boling G Georgia
5 Robert Sands S West Virginia
6 Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
7 Korey Lindsey CB Southern Illinois
7 Jay Finley RB Baylor

Set the table for the Bengals current offense. Can't really say anything about the Bengals current QB and AJ Green that has not already been said 100 times. A couple of young players that have led the offense to two playoff berths.

Remember Moch in the combine running the 4.4 40? So fast it was hard not to get excited about a LB that can move around so quickly. However, Moch can't seem to stay healthy and has not made an impact for the Bengals.

Whalen and Boling add depth to the team while Finley and Lindsey are currently out of the league.

Players passed on:

  • Patrick Peterson
  • Julio Jones
  • J. J. Watt
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • DeMarco Murray

And finally last years picks:

1 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
1 Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
2 Devon Still DT Penn State
3 Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
3 Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
4 Orson Charles TE Georgia
5 Shaun Prater CB Iowa
5 Marvin Jones WR California
5 George Iloka S Fresno State
6 Daniel Herron RB Ohio State

Probably still too soon to tell what hit and what missed here. We all like Zeitler, have high hopes for Dre and I think Sanu is going to be a nice compliment.

Players passed on:

  • Doug Martin
  • David Decastro