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NFL Draft 2016: Bengals winners and losers from day 1

It's time for a look at the biggest winners and losers as a result of William Jackson III becoming a Bengals player.

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Round of the 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone.

With the 24th overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals surprised a lot of people and took Houston Cougars cornerback William Jackson III. Now, it's time for a look at the Bengals' winners and losers as a result of this selection.


Russell Bodine: There's no question that one of the few weak links on this team is at center. But as bad as Russell Bodine has been at times, the Bengals are still giving him time to learn and grow into the player they hoped he would be.

That helped lead to Cincinnati passing on a center in Round 1. Had they taken one that high, it would have almost certainly forecasted the end of Bodine. It did help Bodine's case that the only center worth a first-round pick in this draft was Alabama's Ryan Kelly.

However, the Indianapolis Colts made a bit of a surprising move and took Kelly with the 18th overall selection. Though the Bengals probably weren't going to take Kelly, it would have been something they at least considered.

But alas, Bodine lives to see another day as the Bengals' starting center.


Dre Kirkpatrick: I'm not calling this a bad pick, but it definitely leads to the most losers of just about any position the Bengals could have addressed here. For Dre Kirkpatrick, it's not exactly a vote of confidence, something you'd like your team to have in you as you get set to enter a contract year.

Though Kirkpatrick was a first-round selection, so too was Dennard, who's under contract for two to three more years, and now Jackson will be under contract for four to five years, depending on if their fifth year options are exercised. Kirkpatrick may be the odd man out when it comes to the future of the Bengals' cornerbacks.

Darqueze Dennard: The fact that the Bengals were willing to spend a first-round pick on a corner may mean they don't feel good about the health of Dennard now and/or in the long term. The major shoulder injury he's recovering from could lead to him being sidelined into training camp and now there will be another cornerback who he's competing against for snaps.

Leon Hall: With this move, there's virtually no chance Leon Hall is brought back to the Bengals. With Kirkpatrick, Dennard, Josh Shaw, Adam Jones and now Jackson to go with Chris Lewis-Harris, there's just not room for Hall, who ends his Bengals career as one of the best corners to even don the orange stripes.

The Offense: After watching Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones leave this offseason, the Bengals have yet to find a talented and young pass-catcher to replace them and help Andy Dalton. This also means A.J. Green is going to face more double teams with no big-time receiver to draw coverage away from him. New offensive coordinator Ken Zampese also has a lot less to work with now.

Who do you think the biggest winners and losers were for the Bengals as a result of this pick?