There are a few things you can count on in the NFL draft. Bill Belichick will manipulate it to the best of his advantage gaining multiple picks. The Raiders will draft the fastest guy on the board.
And the Bengals will pick a few bad seeds.
It seems to happen every year. The Bengals have seemingly been ignoring character and basing their personnel decisions solely on talent and that hasn't produced a lot of victories over the years.
So adding the players they did -- high-quality players and citizens -- I wonder who was making the decisions in Cincy over the weekend. WR A.J. Green is a no-brainer while QB Andy Dalton was taken at the perfect spot. LB Dontay Moch blew it up at the Combine (and blogs at SB Nation) and then there G Clint Boling in the third round (who I wanted my Chiefs to take in the second round).
Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly has his set of grades posted and noticed the same thing I did with the Bengals picks.
Brown and Lewis deserve credit for drafting much more soundly than they have in recent years. They did not make any trades, but they plucked off sound football players with each pick and could easily come away with three starters, including an elite, impact playmaker who can define their draft.
Ultimately, PFW gives them a B+ which I think is fair. If Dalton works out, this turns into an A, easily.
Check out Cincy Jungle more on the Bengals draft.