The Cincinnati Bengals have been widely praised for their 2015 NFL draft class, so it should be no surprise some of their rookies are getting hype for the upcoming season.
Four Bengals rookies are in Bryan Fischer of NFL.com's list of top 100 impact rookies. They are however pretty low on the list, which isn't a surprise when you realize few, if any will play much this year, barring injuries. The first player on the list is USC cornerback Josh Shaw, who comes in at No. 74:
His ability to play multiple spots will help him see action, and he can have an impact in the secondary quickly as a player eager to get on the field.
Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft is next at No. 76.
He can split time serving as the second tight end and an H-back. The numbers might not be pretty, but he'll see plenty of snaps.
Arizona State defensive tackle Marcus Hardison appears at No. 79, despite the fact he could make a lot of noise as a rookie for a Bengals defense in need of sacks.
Won't be an every-down starter, but he can get into the backfield on passing downs.
The final Bengal to make the list is West Virginia receiver Mario Alford at No. 91.
Provides some much needed speed out of the slot while being an early threat to take one back in the return game.
Amazingly, Fisher completely omitted TCU linebacker and third-round pick Paul Dawson. Not only may Dawson end up being one of the two or three best players to come out of this class, but he may be in for a starting role as a rookie. Depending on how long Vontaze Burfict is out, Dawson could play the most of any Bengals rookie this year.
Not having him on this list is a surprise given the other Bengals names that made the list.