Hacking Through The Jungle: Dissecting The Bengals' Draft Picks So Far
With the first two days of the NFL Draft over, it is time for fans to dissect their favorite team and it's picks. The Bengals had a pretty solid first three rounds. They made a lot of good picks who should make an immediate impact on the field. Hopefully with these few players, along with some picks tomorrow, the pieces could finally come together for the Bengals to be a dominant team.
Round 1: Jermaine Gresham, Tight End
This is a very good pick for the Bengals. They were in desperate need of a tight end and they got a great one. Gresham is the pick and it is a good pick because he gives Carson Palmer another tall player to throw to. He is big and strong and has the hands to be a legitimate pass catching threat.
The Bengals took Chase Coffman last season, but he was a bit of an underperformer. However, if Coffman can contribute this season, he and Gresham could be two pass catching tight ends.
One of the knocks against Gresham though, is that he isn’t a great blocker. He doesn’t pass block at all and his run blocking is lacking. If the Bengals can coach him up on that, he could have the tools to be a great tight end.
All of the great teams in the NFL have a great tight end, and with Gresham, the Bengals look to break into that elite class.
Round 2: Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End
Another solid pick up for the Bengals is Carlos Dunlap. A top need for the Bengals was Defensive End. They like to rotate between a few different players at end and Dunlap can fit into that rotation very well.
He is an amazing athlete, especially providing quickness coming off of the corner. He had 9 sacks last season, and was a true leader on the Florida defense. A lot of mock drafts had him going late in the first round, so it made a lot of sense to pick him up.
Dunlap does have some off the field issues, but as we have seen in the past, that is not a big deal for the Bengals. They have had their fair share of off-field issues, and the coaching staff has worked well to curb those in the past few years. Marvin Lewis and his staff can take Carlos Dunlap and mold him into a great defensive end in only a few years.
Round 3: (Pick 1) Jordan Shipley, Wide Receiver
This was the best pick for the Bengals. It was amazing that Shipley was still on the board when the Bengals were on the clock. It made a lot of sense to draft him for two main reasons:
The first reason is that he is a catching machine. He had almost 250 career receptions and over 30 touchdowns. He was the favorite receiver of new Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. He would be a perfect receiver to line up in the slot and be a middle of the field receiver.
Another reason is his kick return game. The Bengals don’t really have a good kick returner, but Shipley fills that hole instantly. He returned a kick 96 yards against Oklahoma early on in his carrier, and the Bengals are hoping he can do that for them in the NFL.
Round 3: (Pick 2) Brandon Ghee, Cornerback
This pick is one of the most underrated picks out there. Ghee was one of the fastest corners coming out of the combine this year, which is something that Cincinnati defiantly could use. Ghee is a pretty tall cornerback at six foot, so he can get up there on jump balls with wide receivers.
Ghee was pretty consistent in two years at Wake Forest, forcing four fumbles in his sophomore year which was second in the ACC. He can cover well, and also plays the run quite well.
He may not have great ball skills, but that is something that can be developed over time. With a little coaching, Ghee could be one of the better picks the Bengals made this year in the draft.