1(17): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - Grade: A
Kirkpatrick was a top 10 caliber corner who fell right into the Bengals lap. He's an outstanding fit in a young, aggressive defense, and will make fans stop missing Jonathan Joseph. Kirkpatrick is a good cover corner, but he's also very physical.
1(27): Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin - Grade: B-
At first, I really didn't like this pick because the Bengals passed on David DeCastro for Zeitler and helped their rivals get better in the process. However, upon further examination, Zeitler is a better power run blocker than DeCastro, which could be the reasoning behind the pick.
2(53): Devon Still, DT, Penn State - Grade: A
The Bengals were already strong at defensive tackle, but they couldn't pass on a talent like Still in the late second. His motor runs hot and cold, but at his best, he is clearly first-round quality. With limited snaps in a rotation, his effectiveness will be maximized.
2(83): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - Grade: A
Sanu is a big, rugged receiver who will feast on single coverage while opposing defenses obsess over stopping A.J. Green. Sanu was a terrific value in the third.
3(93): Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson - Grade: A
The Bengals get another terrific best player available, this time a major run-stuffing presence. The defensive tackle position was already a strength, but after adding Still and Thompson, Cincinnati now has a crew few teams can match.
Rounds 1-3 Grade: A