Re: Bengals 2010
Looking at some early mock draft projections....
Damian Williams, WR, USC
-The Bengals have one top WR so I have them taking another guy to play opposite Ocho Cinco. Williams is a pretty big WR with a good frame and good hands. Look for him to be a first rounder in the 2010 NFL Draft. I have him going to the Bengals because I think he will fit in well with their scheme and help balance their offense out.
TE Jermaine Gresham, OKlahoma
-Gresham is an elite tight end and if would have stayed healthy might have been a top 10 selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
-In recent years the Bengals have accumulated a lot of young defensive talent, using four consecutive first round picks on that side of the ball from 2005-2008 plus second and third rounders last year. Perhaps now it’s time to help out the offense. Cincinnati has been searching for a pass catching threat at tight end for years but with little or no luck. Granted they just drafted Chase Coffman last year but his inability to get on the field and make an impact even though the Bengals were decimated by injuries at the tight end position speaks volumes. Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham might have been the first tight end selected in the 2009 NFL Draft had he come out early and he entered this season as a potential Top 15 overall pick. Unfortunately a knee injury wiped out Gresham’s senior campaign but he still has time to recover and to re-establish himself as a first round pick. A great athlete who in many ways is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body, Gresham has excellent hands, terrific ball skills and body control and the ability to stretch the field vertically. Not only would Gresham finally give Cincy a true playmaker at tight end but he’d also help open things up for the rest of the Bengals offense. Cincinnati also needs an upgrade at safety, where Chris Crocker, Roy Williams and Chinedum Ndukwe leave something to be desired, and a premier talent at defensive tackle could be a possibility as well.
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn St
-Penn State’s Jared Odrick really kicked his game up a notch as a senior and has put himself in contention for a spot in the first round. A great athlete who is very quick off the snap and gets a lot of penetration, Odrick is a classic three-technique.
DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida)
-Someone is going to jump on Dunlap in the first round. There are issues that have to be hashed out, but the Bengals scored big time drafting defenders with red flags in 2009. Adding him could make their defense downright scary assuming he pans out and stays out of trouble.
Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
-Aside from a fluky blowout over the Bears, the Bengals haven't scored more than 24 points in a single game since Oct. 4. Part of the problem is the lack of a competent No. 2 receiver across from Chad Ochocinco. In the wake of Chris Henry's passing, the wide receiver position is more of a need than ever for Cincinnati.
I'm hoping the sophomore Texas safety Earl Thomas is available when we pick. I think he could be like Ed Reed or whatever.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98