Cincinnati Bengals: Grading the Bengals' 2008 NFL Draft Class

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Cincinnati Bengals: Grading the Bengals' 2008 NFL Draft Class
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As of late, the Cincinnati Bengals have been widely praised for their NFL draft strategy, most recently with their selections in the 2012 NFL draft.

With the general rule of thumb saying that it is unfair to grade a draft class until after three years have passed, the jury is still out on the Bengals' 2012 NFL draft class.

However, using that same three-year rule, it would be fair to look back and place a final grade on the Bengals' 2008 NFL draft class. The class was headlined by one USC linebacker named Keith Rivers, and had a few key role players sprinkled in for good measure in the middle rounds. 

This slideshow will examine each selection's career with the Bengals to date, and apply a final grade to the pick based on the contributions to the team and where the pick was overall in the draft. At the end of the slideshow a final, conclusive grade will be assigned to the 2008 draft class.

Here are the final grades for the Cincinnati Bengals 2008 draft class:

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