The key to success for any NFL team is its rookie classes. Want to see why a team won the Super Bowl? Take a look at the last three drafts and more than likely you’ll get your answer. Draft well over several seasons and chances are you are going to win.
The Cincinnati Bengals had what was widely considered a successful draft this past April, the team’s second straight quality draft. Only time will tell if this rookie class is truly a good one, but early indications are that the Bengals picked up at least four players that should be impact players sooner rather than later.
The Bengals kept 10 rookies on their opening day 53-man roster, eight of which were draft picks this past season. Let’s take a closer look at each one and give them an early grade.