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The Bengals added eight players to their roster through the draft.
Round 1, Pick 24: Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State
Round 2, Pick 55: Jeremy Hill, Running Back, LSU
Round 3, Pick 88: Will Clarke, Defensive End, West Virginia
Round 4, Pick 111: Russell Bodine, Center, North Carolina
Round 5, Pick 164: A.J. McCarron, Quarterback, Alabama
Round 6, Pick 212: Marquis Flowers, Outside Linebacker, Arizona
Round 7, Pick 239: James Wright, Wide Receiver, LSU
Round 7, Pick 252: Lavelle Westbrooks, Cornerback, Georgia Southern
The Bengals' draft went as expected for the most part. The first-round selection of Dennard will have fans excited because they are bringing in a player who many viewed as the best cornerback in this class. More importantly, he should be able to contribute immediately if required.
Hill in the second round was the one shocking selection.
The powerful LSU running back was the second back taken in the whole draft after the Tennessee Titans surprisingly selected Bishop Sankey a few picks before that. Maybe the Bengals were scared of a deep run at the position, but Hill was definitely a strong candidate to fall for another round or two.
He isn't a versatile all-around back and he primarily projects to be a goal-line back for the Bengals. That is a role that BenJarvus Green-Ellis could have done in a complementary role to Giovani Bernard, or even Bernard himself if the coaching staff believed he could carry the whole load.
In the third round, the Bengals went back to predictability.
Clarke is the kind of selection that will get Bengals fans more excited than most other fanbases. He is a developmental defensive end who fits the mold of the recently departed Michael Johnson. It will be interesting to see if the Bengals can continue to turn athletes into excellent football players without Mike Zimmer.
Taking a center in the fourth round was predictable, but taking Bodine wasn't.
Few saw Bodine as a player who would be taken that high in the draft. There were other, seemingly more talented centers available at the time. Bodine lacks lateral quickness, something that is vital in today's NFL, and he will be fortunate to ever develop the technique and awareness to be a starting-caliber player.
Taking McCarron in the fifth round of the draft was a vote of confidence for Andy Dalton. McCarron is neither a player who can quickly take Dalton's starting spot or someone who can be developed into a high-quality starter. He is a safe, backup type of pick that will represent value late in the draft.
Flowers in the sixth round clearly has talent, but he needs to be developed like Emmanuel Lamur. Seventh-round selections Wright and Westbrooks are relative unknowns who will be fighting for roster spots.