I posted when he included us in his top 10 a couple of months ago. Mostly because I had no idea who he was and hadn't heard any chatter about him.
Penn State is currently leading or tied for CBs for 3 top 200 kids (Thornton, Rucci, and Davis). I'm not sure they are the actual favorite for any of them right now. And they currently have 4 4 stars and 8 3 stars in their class.
Think the shine is coming off of Franklin a bit. They need a big year this year or next from their solid class a couple of years ago or he may be in real trouble.
He should publish his findings in a peer-reviewed journal like any other reputable scientist would. Otherwise, he's just throwing out anecdotes and conspiracy theories.
I'm convinced that's why they ended the points system that they had at the beginning where you got more points for being correct longer. AE was winning that pretty consistently over their experts, so it disappeared.
Rooks especially would be good for them. Their DT recruiting has been atrocious.
Houston or Fresno State would be fun. Not a P5 game but decent G5. North Texas is FBS by the way. They are in Conference USA.
Assuming this is either Washington or Burke. Would prefer Burke of the two, but he might trend toward the Dunn side rather a pure corner.
He was horrendous against Clemson last year. Missed a number of wide open guys including a couple of early deep shots that would have given them a huge advantage.
Think Tuimoloau is going to stay at DE personally based on his highlights.
I think 5-11 and seeing good things from Burrow would be a successful season. If they do end up at 3, that would be ideal. Barring major injury (like Tua), Fields and Lawrence are going 1 and 2. Leaving them Sewell, which would be amazing.
Bengals are also going to need to start thinking about replacements for Dunlap and Atkins. The contract status of Mixon, Green and Jackson are also going to come into play. They might need a CB early and a RB in round 2 or 3.
The quickest way to ruin your rookie QB is to not protect him. Even Luck, who seems to be all the rage for Bengals fans to compare to, got killed his first few years.
They have pretty much the worst offensive line in the NFL. I'm not expecting them to get to top 5, but competence would be nice. Starting Bobby Hart and Sua-Filo on one side is not that. Hopefully, Jordan makes the leap and can be solid or else they will need someone there too. Right now it is a good center and a LT who we think is good but is coming off a major injury and didn't play a down last year.
Agree. A- is what I would give them. Wish they could have gotten a 4th or even a 5th for Dalton before the draft as there were still some guys that could have been useful in those rounds. But, no WTF picks like Sample is a good start. And seems like they should be able to finally find enough competent LBs which will help immensely. Defense should be very solid.
Definitely a big improvement. Course the ultimate ranking of this draft and the season will be on the shoulders of Burrow and how he progresses. Maybe they can swing another OL upgrade when they get around to releasing Dalton and free up that salary.
Higgins didn't run at the combine. You're thinking of Isaiah Simmons.
They have no starting RG and plan on starting Bobby Hart at RT. That is not a recipe for success. They are also counting on Jordan making a big leap. As a fan, I hope it works out for them, but it's a lot of hope at the moment. I would have done that trade for Trent Williams in a heartbeat, though it seems like he had some say in where he was traded so not sure the Bengals were even a realistic option.
Doesn't seem like he'll be anything spectacular but good depth for the 5 tech spot as you said. At this point, it's not worth getting bent out of shape on any pick. These are "hope the guy can make the roster" types.
As a Bengals fan, I would give away Price for a 7th rounder at this point. RG is the weakest spot on the Bengals' line. If he can't win that job, he isn't winning anything on the Browns.
I don't think he usually even does the 3rd round. I can't see him doing anything tomorrow.
And they traded up to get those guys both times. LOL
Damn. Was hoping Peart would fall to the 4th round.
FYI, I found that Dov Kleiman is usually the earliest report on twitter. He's saying the picks are sometimes in 10 minutes before they get around to showing them.
I'm fine with the Wilson pick. Baun must have had more than overhydration issues with his failed drug test. Suspect that Jones must have failed a drug test as well. Should be a flyer guard to take in the 4th. Though does seem the Bengals are content to mostly roll with the linemen they have now.