Originally Posted by Screwball
I see what you're saying, but let's go player by player...
Chris Henry: Wouldn't classify him as a project. As a 3rd receiver all he did was catch TD passes and stretch the field in ways that made DC's hate playing us. In fact he was Randy Moss-like in TD catches per reception when he was on the field in '05 and '06. Problem was, he couldn't stay on the field. Not sure I'd classify that as a project though.
Odell Thurman: Oozed talent. Legitimate DROY candidate in '05. Was a big reason the Bengals went to the playoffs that year. Yeah, he didn't pan out in the long haul, but again, not sure I'd qualify that as a project.
Frostee Rucker: Definite project. Although he did show some signs of life last year as far as penetration and ability to sniff out a screen. For a 3rd rounder, I want more, but not a glaringly awful pick, IMO.
These guys are all talented but they all were avoided, by other teams, because of their off-field problems and baggage. The Bengals are drawn to these guys like moths to a flame.
How about Ahmad Brooks? Here's a guy with "all the physical tools", but never amounted to anything. He was taken in the supplemental draft, but still means that they blew a third-round pick on him. He played some games but they wasted an enormous amount of time trying to get him to play "to his abilities" - never happened. Waived by us, picked up by the 49ers, waived by the 49ers, picked up by the 49ers. Dude is a pillar - dismissed by Virginia (reason for the supplemental draft) and punched a woman in the face in 2008.
I'm all for the 3-4 too. They're as close as they've been in a long time to having the personnel to do it.
I don't think they have the backers for it. Or the big nose tackle.