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Chad Ochocinco is far removed from Cincinnati, and even the NFL, at this point. His impact on the Bengals franchise, however, is still very much in effect. When Chad was traded to the Patriots in 2011, in return the Bengals got two draft picks. Those draft picks have now been used and, coincidentally, resulted in two wide receivers: Marvin Jones (2012) and Cobi Hamilton (2013).
Marvin Jones showed glimpses of promise in 2012, being targeted 23 of his season total 32 times in the last four games. Of his 202 total yards receiving in 2012, 155 came against Dallas, Pittsburgh and Baltimore late in the season when the Bengals were pushing for the playoffs. Jones could be asked to compete with Mohamed Sanu for the slot receiver spot although he played outside last year. Sanu also showed glimpses of greatness catching four touchdowns in three games before sustaining a foot injury in practice.
Cobi Hamilton has only been in Cincinnati for a handful of days but has already made quite the impression on the Bengals staff. He credits having played for Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino as an advantage for his transition to the NFL (per Bengals.com): "I feel like I'm no sixth-round pick. I don't feel like that. With Petrino, a lot of it is the same terminology. A lot of the stuff is not a brain freeze for me. It came simply from being around Petrino for four years."
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden confirmed Hamilton's smooth mental transition: "He's a smart kid. He's a bright kid. He hasn't messed up anything yet. He's picked it up quickly."
Hamilton has been impressive on the field as well. At 6'1", 212 pounds, he has the size and his familiarity going across the middle in the SEC is enticing as well.
Per Jay Gruden (via Bengals.com):
Cobi's an exciting guy. He's bigger than I thought he was. He's taller. He's got good stride to him, he's got good hands, he's tough. In Arkansas he ran a lot of crossing routes so we knew he wasn't afraid to go across the middle. We like Cobi. We're impressed with what he's done so far.
Hamilton could compete for the second outside receiver spot opposite A.J. Green. Jones will likely compete to play the slot. Either way, it looks like they both will make the roster and make plays on the field. As of now, getting rid of Ochocinco could still prove to have been the right move, but the jury will be out until Jones or Hamilton put numbers on the board.