NFL Draft 2015 Review – Cincinnati Bengals

A brass ceiling hangs over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Although Cincy has reached the playoffs four years straight, the team has been ousted from the first round of the playoffs in four consecutive years.  Something must change.  New players must add vitality so that they can finally win a playoff game next season.  Let’s check out their draft picks.

Round 1 (Pick 21):  Cedric Ogbuehi – OT – Texas A&M.

Round 2 (Pick 53):  Jake Fisher – OT – Oregon.

Round 3 (Pick 85):  Tyler Kroft – TE – Rutgers.

Round 3 (Pick 99):  Paul Dawson – ILB – TCU.

Round 4 (Pick 120):  Josh Shaw – CB – USC.

Round 4 (Pick 135):  Marcus Hardison – DE – Arizona State.

Round 5 (Pick 157):  C.J. Uzomah – TE – Auburn.

Round 6 (Pick 197):  Derron Smith – FS – Fresno State.

Round 7 (Pick 238):  Mario Alford – WR – West Virginia.

The Bengals made a concerted effort to stabilize their offensive line.  Ogbuehi and Fisher will start the season as backups on the depth chart, but they should both see considerable time on the playing field.  As a result, the Bengals will be able to defend the pass rush a little bit better.

Kroft and Uzomah add depth to the TE position.  Kroft is a better receiver, while Uzomah is a better blocker.

The four defensive picks in this draft will add depth at all three levels of the Bengals defense.  At times, the defense would show some fatigue in the second half of games last season.  Alford will vie for a spot as a returner.  Overall, the Bengals organization reached their goal of adding more depth to a team that is ready to take the next step this upcoming season.

Grade:  C+.

(Draft results taken from NFL.com.  Image below is from Pixabay.com.)

 


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