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Another draft grade adds another "B" to the collection

We take a quick look at another draft grade, this time from Tony Pauline at Draft Insider, providing a bullet-by-bullet point of each draft pick. Best player available > Needs.

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Let's face facts... absorbing/comprehending a grade after days, weeks and even months after the NFL draft, is a bit reactionary. What are learning after a week? Did these teams address positions that were viewed as "needs" from the grader? How many markers were knocked off? We've had grades from Mel Kiper Jr. and Pete Prisco, among others, shared here.

Now, we want to draw attention to Tony Pauline's grade of a "B" for the Cincinnati Bengals, writing:

  • "If he’s gets back to health and prior playing form Cedric Ogbuehi will be a major steal."
  • "Flexibility is the best way to describe second round pick Jake Fisher’s game as he can line up at left or right tackle. It’s a good move for a team who may be ready to cut ties with veteran Andre Smith."
  • "Tyler Kroft adds a speed element to the teams tight end position and should grow into a dependable number two on the depth chart."
  • "Paul Dawson was tremendous value in round three and will compete for playing time next season."
  • "I’m not a fan of Josh Shaw but understand why he was selected in the fourth round. He has the size and athleticism to develop into a starter and could see action in nickel packages next season."

You can see others here.

The conclusion:

I like the fact the Bengals bypassed need and took best player available with their initial four selections. You can never have enough talent at the offensive tackle position and the team now has choices. Hardison, Smith and Alford could surprise while Shaw has an upside. Not a great collection rather a very efficient effort from the Bengals.