Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
I also agree that comparing Perry to Akili is a major stretch, but it doesn't require years of hindsight to realize that the 2004 (and 2007) Bengals weren't nearly good enough defensively to have the luxury of using a first round pick on a third down back. I'm sure they weren't fully convinced that, even after his fine 2003 season, Rudi was the real deal, but that's a call that should have been able to make after a year of evaluation and shouldn't require using a first round pick as running back insurance. Of course, if they absolutely had to take a RB, Stephen Jackson was the number one back on every board that year (except ours, of course).
I think he was drafted as the heir apparent to Rudi, but his injury history prevented them from not shelling out the dough to Rudi. I'm starting to wonder if Rudi doesn't have hit men--Perry, then Irons, a pattern is developing.