Reviewing the draft: Cincinnati Bengals
Johnathan Joseph

Posted May 24, 2006


After sitting at home almost every January, the Bengals finally got a taste of the post-season. The outlook is bright for the franchise and they hoped to upgrade several key areas in the draft. Did they do it in April's draft?

One of them was the defensive secondary and they took a risk hoping to hit paydirt with Johnathan Joseph. A cornerback possessing tremendous size/speed numbers, Joseph has terrific upside but almost an equal amount of downside risk. His undisciplined style leads to big plays given up and Joseph only performed at a high level for only a single season in college. With Willie Anderson getting long in the tooth Andrew Whitworth was selected with the future in mind. Coming off a poor senior campaign, Whitworth has the tools to be a quality right tackle in the NFL. Frostee Rucker and Domata Peko were huge reaches in our opinion. Both possess marginal size/speed numbers and neither was dominant enough in college to overlook what is average upside at best. Marvin Lewis does not shy away from prospects with character issues and he stayed true to that form taking A.J. Nicholson in round five. If the Florida State linebacker gets his priorities in order he will be a steal. Reggie McNeal was worth a sixth round choice while the final pair of players selected must make their mark as return specialists.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

24

Johnathan Joseph

CB

South Carolina

2

55

Andrew Whitworth

OT

Louisiana St

3

91

Frostee Rucker

DE

USC

4

123

Domata Peko

DT

Michigan St

5

157

A. J. Nicholson

OLB

Florida St

6

193

Reggie McNeal

QB

Texas A&M

7

209

Ethan Kilmer

WR

Penn St

7

231

Bennie Brazell

WR

LSU



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