The 2012 draft made it official—there has been a change of philosophy in Cincinnati. Gone are the agonizing days of hearing the commissioner announce head-scratching draft picks for the Bengals, as Cincinnati has transformed from having notoriously awful drafts to being the ideal example of building a contender with the draft.
It began with an impressive draft in 2010, followed by one of the best drafts in the NFL in 2011, to the suddenly savvy Cincinnati Bengals roaring back to relevance with arguably the best draft in the NFL in 2012.
The Bengals addressed all of their needs and stayed balanced with five offensive picks and five defensive picks, but most importantly, they drafted players with high ceilings as well as the ability to contribute immediately. It’s back to school as we grade every Bengal pick.