Breaking Down the Cincinnati Bengals' 2009 NFL Draft

Jeremy JeffriesCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2009

The Cincinnati Bengals went 4-11-1 in 2008. If they are going to improve on that, they
will definitely need to have a healthy Carson Palmer back, Palmer missed 12 games last season with an injury to his elbow.

His backup Ryan Fitzpatrick started all 12 games and threw for 1905 yard with eight touchdowns and nine Interception's. Fitzpatrick is no longer in Cincinnati as he signed with the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

That leaves Carson's little brother Jordan as the only other Quarterback on the roster. So hopefully through Free Agency, the Bengals can find a veteran backup. J.T O'Sullivan, J.P Losman, Dan Orlovski and Charlie Frye are a few names in the Free Agent market I could see coming aboard in a backup role behind Carson.

The Bengals need to address the Offensive line, veteran right tackle Stacy Andrews is now a Philadelphia Eagle, and Center Eric Ghiachic is also testing the market. Ghiachic is not the Bengals answer at Center anyway.

The Bengals are currently trying to pick up Center Matt Birk from the Minnesota Vikings and Offensive Guard Mike Goff from the Chargers. The Bengals drafted Goff in 1998 and would love to have him back.

With T.J. Houshmanzadeh all but out of Cincinnati, they need a No. 1 caliber receiver, they could take Michael Crabtree out of Texas Tech with the sixth pick in the draft. However, with the 29th ranked run offense last season the Bengal's definitely need to shore up the O-Line.

The 2009 NFL draft is on Apr. 25-26, And as all the NFL teams are scrambling to figure
out in which direction they are going in. I am going to try and figure out what I believe the Cincinnati Bengals will do come that much anticipated day.


First Round

Sixth pick-Eugene Monroe

I think the Bengals No. 1 concern is helping their Offense that ranked at the bottom of the NFL in points scored with 12.8, and with 245.4 yards a game. The Bengals only averaged 95.0 Yards a game rushing, you can not win games like that.

With Jason Smith without a doubt going to the St. Louis Rams at No. 2 to replace Pace, Monroe is their best option here. This 6'6 315 pound Tackle can play anywhere on the line, he was the backup to D'Brickashaw Ferguson his freshman season, and he played a little bit at guard that season.

He could become a force at Tackle for the Bengals.

The Bengals could trade down here and pick up B.J Raji from Boston College. The Bengals would probably get the same caliber player at 20 as they would at six. Than pick up O-lineman in the second round. However, I don't see this happening.


Second Round

38th pick-Kenny Britt

With T.J Houshmanzadehs' house in Cincinnati up for sale, and all the recent rumors of his days as a Bengal coming to an end. If Britt is still available at 38, the Bengals have to draft this kid he is a 6'3" 218-pound Wide Receiver out of Rutgers. Britt is Tall with a long frame.

Lines up in the slot and outside. Surprisingly quick feet in and out of cuts. Good route-runner, Latches onto cornerbacks in run blocking. Strong runner after the catch. (does that remind you of someone? Maybe No. 84).

He Had a great Combine workout he was a top performer in almost every category.


Third Round

70th pick-Max Unger

Unger is a Center out of Oregon, and if he is still available at 70, it would be an absolute steal. Unger is 6'5" weighs an even 300, and is very versatile, extremely powerful, his motor never stops and he has NFL intelligence. He was twice named first team all-Pac 10.

Played left Tackle his first two season's with the Duck's than moved in to Center. I would like to see the  Bengal's take Connor Barwin here, he is a Defensive End out of Cincinnati, I love that kid. But, if Unger is still on the board they have to snatch him up.


Fourth Round

102nd pick-Marcus Freeman

Freeman is a Outside Linebacker who has played in the shadow's of Superstar teammate James Laurinaitis at Ohio State. Freeman actually finished with more solo tackles over the past two seasons than his teammate (105 to 102).

Freeman is a speedy Linebacker who can stop the run and if the Bengals can sign Rashard Jeanty and Brandon Johnson, along with teammate Keith Rivers, the Bengals Line-backing problems would be solved.


Fifth Round

134 pick-James Davis

Davis is 5'11" 218 pound Running Back out of Clemson. With Cedric Benson and his agent looking around for a better fit, the Bengals desperately need to find some help in the backfield.

I am hoping that Derrick Ward from the New York Football Giants finds his way into a Bengal uniform, However, if he doesn't Davis could be a nice pickup here in the fifth round.

Davis rushed for 3,000 yards and 36 Touchdowns his first three seasons at Clemson. He showed speed and power at the NFL combine, he proved he could run over defenders. Davis could contribute right away in the Bengals organization.


Sixth Round

166th pick-Roy Miller

Miller is a 6'1" 310 pound Defensive Tackle out of Texas. Miller leaves Texas with 138 career tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. Miller was the defensive MVP in the win over Ohio State in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

He also looked very good in the East-West Shrine game. With Sims, Thornton and Domeko Peko, the D-Line looks solid.


Seventh Round

198th pick-Curtis Painter

Painter is a 6'3" 225 pound Quarterback out of Purdue. Painter has first-round arm strength and was considered a top prospect coming off a great Junior season where he threw for 3,846 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 Interceptions. He struggled a little with his consistency his Senior year.

With the Palmer brother's being the only Quarterbacks on the Bengal roster, Painter would be a nice pick in the last round.

Mike Brown has long been considered won of the worst owners in the NFL. Marvin Lewis in my opinion is on the hot seat.


The Cincinnati Bengals had better make some good moves, rather it be through free agency or the draft, or I think you will see some changes in the future.


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