I don't like the pick. Didn't at the time and still don't. It was too much of a luxury pick when you had major holes at LB and S. The Bengals may have the slowest LB corps now and have a glaring hole at S. Taylor Mays and Jeremy Miles are vying for a starting S spot. With Ogletree there and Elam and Cyprien at S I thought they were more of a need. Now if they can get Cyprien with the 5th pick in the 2nd round then I am ok.
The one positive about the pick is it could create mismatches on offense, especially in the redzone. I think this analysis is pretty good, although I would have prefered Ertz from Stanford or even Kelce from UC.
Grade: B-plus. This was the type of pick a team that believes it can reach the Super Bowl makes. And the Bengals might be right about that level after back-to-back playoff berths. Eifert does not fill an obvious need for them, but this is a savvy pick and one that makes the team better.
I don't think they think they have holes at LB, and honestly we are looking at a team that had the 6th overall defense last year vs. the 22nd ranked offense. I am glad they are trying to strengthen the weaker unit.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
New York Red (04-26-2013)
Eifert was drafted at the same spot as Gresham. Funny.
Choo got it, dude.
You know, we fans are so used to the Bengals out-smarting themselves. Maybe this pick was actually the result of some smart analysis, realizing where the weaknesses are and shoring them up. Like a real NFL team or something.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
Tyrann Mathieu anyone?
Eifert was a fantastic pick for the Bengals. Great value where they picked too. And given that tight ends generally run shorter routes than wide receivers, that could be a great target for Dalton and may open up for additional throws (if that's even possible) to Green.
By the way, Mel Kiper Jr. indicated that this was one of his 3 favorite picks from the first round, as he had Eifert as the 8th best player in the draft.
Last edited by fearofpopvol1; 04-26-2013 at 11:34 AM.
I'm guessing the Honey Badger slips down to the 4th round or later.
You have to remember, even before all the character red flags popped up a year ago, he was still considered undersized enough to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Now he's been out of football for a year, and has a ton of red flags. He says he's been drug free for 7 months now, well he was kicked out of LSU more than 7 months ago, if that wasn't a wake up call, I wouldn't expect him to kick his weed (or whatever else he's putting in his body) habit for the long run.
I'd take a flyer on him in the 4th, maybe late 3rd as a guy that has potential as a return man and nickle corner; I wouldn't use a pick in the 2nd.