Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I am not in love with this draft.
I thought the Eifert pick was ok. It was more of a luxury pick than addressing a major need. In a draft where you needed to address RB, LB, and S taking a TE in the first is a gamble.
I really liked the Bernard pick. I like his explosiveness over the likes of Lacy. Lacy is too similar to BJGE and you also have to wonder if he benefited greatly from playing behind a pro oline in college.
I don't understand the Hunt pick. It reminds me too much of the Jerome Simpson pick of a few years ago. Again when you haven't addressed the major needs taking a flier in the 2nd round is risky.
Reports on the S from Georgia is that he is ready to start. I like that. I did like the Burkhead pick as well as the two OLmen taken. If Hawkenson can back up three OL spots I like that.
Overall I wish the Bengals had been more aggressive in moving up to get players they liked. They have been aggressive in trading but they like to trade down instead of up. The reality is don't be afraid to trade up to get a guy you like, especially when you consider that your not going to keep all 8 draftees on your roster.
I give this draft a solid B. I thought they did a very good job getting value with the first 3 picks. They didn't address the two biggest defensive needs of MLB and SS, but they got the best RB and the second best pass catcher - two big areas that needed to be upgraded in order to let Dalton succeed (or fail, but on his own merits). Hunt was a great value pick and gives us good insurance for if/when M.Johnson leaves after this year. Love his upside.
I thought the draft got derailed a bit after the first two rounds. Williams was not one of my five best safties in this draft, and I liked Sharmarko Thomas better (who went to the Steelers several picks later). I don't know if anyone taken after that will even dress let alone play this year. I think we really wanted Khaseem Greene, who went the pick before our fourth round choice. I would have liked Greene or LOVED to get Lattimore in the 4th round, and wished we would have made a run at Kevin Reddick, Da'Rick Rogers, Miguel Maysonet or one of the QB's as undrafted FA.
All in all, I really like what we did in the first two rounds, especially given who was on the board at that time, and that's the most important part of the draft. If Williams becomes a starter then this will have been a good draft. If he doesn't, it will be OK. Like I said, a solid B from me.