Bengals' Draft Plight Comes to a Head: The Curious Case of Jerome Simpson and Lost Opportunities

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Bengals' Draft Plight Comes to a Head: The Curious Case of Jerome Simpson and Lost Opportunities

Yes, that is a picture of Jerome Simpson during Bengals training camp.

Who exactly is this wide receiver that Cincinnati was "so high on" from our superb "scouting" in 2008 that we decided to use (read: waste) a second round pick to grab him, even though he would have been available well into the fifth or sixth rounds?

That, my friends, is the $64,000 question. Cincinnati chose this man from Coastal Carolina because they thought he had big play ability, on par with the likes of Randy Moss coming out of Marshall or T.O. out of UT Chattanooga (ride that Choo-Choo).

What has he done in his one-plus-year as a pro? Let's take a look at the stats:

Six games played, one game started, and one catch for two yards.

ONE CATCH!!?? That is both horrendous and inexcusable for such a high pick. Not to mention, the one game he started was last year when the team was so decimated with injuries that they had no other choice.

A team's first to third round picks should be SURE THINGS: position players who can immediately step on the field and make the team better.

Something is obviously wrong with this guy's medulla oblongata because he has yet to "grasp" the complex intricacies of Bob Bratkowski's offense. He is one-dimensional. He's the regular Nintendo to the NFL's PS3-Live system.

But this week, after Chris "Slim" Henry went down with a broken forearm and found himself on the IR, Jerome Simpson may get a chance to show that he was worth that signing bonus of his.

Even though Carson Palmer outwardly endorses Maurice Purify, who currently sits on our practice squad, I say, "Why not give Jerome Simpson a four-week tryout for his life as an NFL player?"

Steelers, Raiders, Browns, Lions. That's it. Show us what you got. If not, it's time for the Bengals to cut their losses and release him. He's wasting a roster spot. C'mon son.

Now, let's take a look at "what could have been" for the Cincinnati Bengals. This list chronicles the wide receivers they PASSED on in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Aside: I'm not going to gripe about Andre Caldwell, the receiver they took in the third round in 2008, since he has shown that he is "T.J. Houshmandzadeh, The Redux": quality guy with less jabbering, sweeter tats, and less hair.

I like his clutch play more than I like seeing Tim Tebow concussed.

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