Now that I have allowed the picks to sink in and my excitement subside, I think I can give my reaction to the Bengals draft on day two.
Michael Johnson DE, GT - It's hard for me to believe the teams behind the Bengals in the second-round and ahead of them in the third didn't believe a guy with the measurables of Johnson wasn't worth a selection. He possesses incredible size for a defensive end and posted freakish numbers at Georgia Tech's pro day (28 bench press reps, 4.5-second forty, and 38.5 inch vertical).
Even his stats last season were outstanding with 17.5 tackles for loss with nine sacks. That type of production in the same conference that produced Mario Williams and Julius Peppers is definitely worth the third round pick the Bengals invested in Johnson.
The widely accepted reason for Johnson's fall from the first two rounds was his penchant for taking plays off. While his on-field work ethic is a concern, Johnson will probably see a limited number of snaps in passing downs so motivating him from play to play shouldn't be a problem initially.
Chase Coffman TE, Missouri - Who can complain about providing Carson Palmer with another weapon? Especially when it's last season's Mackey Award winner as the best college tight end. Coffman did nothing but produce with the Missouri Tigers. The only concern is his lack of experience blocking and the foot injury he sustained on his last collegiate snap. According to Coffman, he should be ready for full participation in the rookie mini camp. Another solid pick up in the third round.
Jonathan Luigs C, Arkansas - This selection evoked the biggest sigh of relief from me than any other Bengals selection. I was petrified the Bengals weren't going to address this position but Luigs was still available in the fourth and my ulcer dissipated. What was particularly satisfying about this pick was I CALLED IT in February :-D
Kevin Huber P, UC- Initially I thought this pick was a bit of a reach because a punter only sees the field five, maybe six snaps a game. But after the Saints traded up in the sixth round to get a punter it really made the timing of the Huber selection in the fifth round seem justified.
Kyle Larson's numbers were good enough for 30th in the league last season and Huber's punts average a solid 45 yards per boot so this is an automatic improvement in field position. Huber's football career has taken him a round trip of 22 miles from Anderson Township to Clifton and now to Pete Rose Way.
Morgan Trent, CB Michigan - He was a four-year starter for Michigan and played opposite Leon Hall while Hall was still at Michigan. Trent has good size and speed for a corner at 6'1" and recording a 4.45-second forty. The knock is he has long legs and thus a long stride and lacks the change of direction skills needed to keep up with the fluidity of NFL receivers. Regardless, Trent could develop in a good nickel option but will immediately contribute as a gunner on special teams. Not a bad pick up in the sixth-round but there were other more impressive corners at this spot.
Bernard Scott, RB Abilene Christian - You know they couldn't help themselves. Mikey Boy had to sneak in one talented yet legally troubled player. Scott put up great numbers everywhere he went but everywhere he went he got arrested. He had Five arrests but a Harlon Hill Award(The Heismen Trophy for DII players) to his credit. He played against lower competition and is already 25-years old. Regardless of this guy's ceiling, this is an extremely risky pick. Luckily it's only a late sixth-rounder and Scott could be cut at the first sign of trouble.
Fui Vakapuna, RB BYU - He will most certainly try to make the team as a fullback considering his size(5'11", 244 pounds) and skill set. His selection should help drive the competition at fullback now that Jeremi Johnson is back in the picture. This was a good seventh-round selection to bolster the blocking back options.
Clinton McDonald, DE Memphis - I'm not sure where he fits into the Bengals plans at defensive line. He is the same type of player as Jonathan Fanene and will probably battle for the run-support defensive end/rush defensive tackle spot. Rookie mini camp will show where he fits into the competition.
Freddie Brown - Comes from a Utah team that stomped the Andre Smith-less Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. In that game he had 12 catches for a career-high 125 yards. He led the Utes in receptions(77) and receiving yardage(900) in his senior season. Good pick to end the draft and provide a little more potential depth to the Bengals receiving group.
So my day two grade is a B+. Johnson, Luigs, Coffman and Huber were the headliners. However, the selection of Trent and Scott bring down the overall grade because Mike Mickens and Rashad Jennings were both available and are better, all-around players.
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