Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft picks Dre Kirkpatrick and Kevin Zeitler hold up their jerseys during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
The Cincinnati Bengals are making a comeback. After a playoff season in 2011, the Bengals have turned around and produced what looks like a terrific 2012 NFL Draft class. The Bengals had two first-round picks to work with and selected Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick with the 17th overall pick, and traded down Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler with the 27th pick.
Penn State DT Devon Still was available in the second round while the Bengals picked up Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu in the third round. Clemson DT Brandon Thompson was good value in the third round and Orson Charles, fourth-round pick, has a chance to be good.
The Bengals made the playoffs last season with a young cast of players. The early thinking on this draft class is that the Bengals just got a lot better. I'm giving them an A for finding at least a pair of starters out of this class.
Here's a look at all the Bengals draft picks.
For more on the Bengals, visit Cincy Jungle. Check out SB Nation's Mocking The Draft for more news on the draft picks and here are our previous NFL Draft grades for day one and day two. Here's a list of every 2012 draft pick.