Rob Rang with CBS Sports released his draft grades on Sunday, mirroring the impression that most analysts have been left with. It was a strong draft that built on physical players with an eye towards the future. Will the draft help the Bengals this year? Contributions, yes. Superstars? Not likely.
Like the Ravens, the Bengals do a nice job of using the draft as it is intended - to develop young talent to fill holes left by free agent defections. Tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are each entering the final year of their respective contracts, which gives the club time to let Cedric Ogbuehi -- a top 10 talent -- heal from the torn ACL that ended his 2014 season prematurely. The Bengals assured that tackle wouldn't be an issue with Jake Fisher in the second round, a prospect many clubs viewed as a first-round talent. Linebacker Paul Dawson could prove the next version of Vontaze Burfict -- a future starter who slid because of poor workouts and off-field issues. Watch out for hard-hitting defensive back Josh Shaw and up-and-coming defensive lineman Marcus Hardison to surprise as middle-round picks. Grade: B
Hey -- B stands for Bengals.
Since we're handing out grades, here is Mr. Rang's selections for the Bengals during his mock draft:
- Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford (went No. 13 overall)
- Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri/Oklahoma (went at No. 40 overall)
- T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh (went No. 110 overall)