Picks: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (17), Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin (27), Devon Still, DT, Penn State (53), Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers (83), Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson (93), Orson Charles, TE, Georgia (116), Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa (156), Marvin Jones, WR, California (166), George Iloka, FS, Boise State (167), Dan Herron, RB, Ohio St. (191)
Best Pick: WR Mohamed Sanu
Worst Pick: CB Dre Kirkpatrick
It's not that I believe Kirkpatrick is going to be a poor NFL player. In fact, I'll think he'll be a fantastic NFL player. However, the reason he is the worst pick is because Mike Brown passed on David DeCastro to draft him.
What makes it even worse is that the Cincinnati Bengals could have possibly been able to draft him with the 21st pick had they just waited. Losing out on a potential All-Pro player in DeCastro was a major mistake for Cincinnati.
After the first round, the Bengals got back on track by selecting numerous players who will increase production on offense and defense.
It starts with Sanu, who will be a perfect complement to A.J. Green, and continue to help develop Andy Dalton at quarterback. Even Charles will be a solid option at tight end opposite Jermaine Gresham.
On defense, Still and Thompson have the ability to start from day one, with Thompson having an extremely high ceiling. These two picks simply boosted an already talented defense.
Even late in the fifth round, Brown was able to draft players who could produce as rookies in Iloka and Jones.
While Brown is one of the most criticized owners/general managers in the league, this was one of the best drafts in his entire career.
Final Grade: A-