Cedric Ogbuehi: OT, Texas A&M
Ok maybe I was wrong about Big Ced stepping in right away. Reports say his ACL injury could keep him out of camp and possibly on the PUP list to begin the season, but I still think if he’s able to get healthy, he should see some action because these are the Bengals and things always tend to go wrong. It seems like there is always someone banged up on the offensive line and if Ced is able to go, why not stick him in there and have him get some quality snaps. Regardless of what happens in 2015, I don’t think there’s anyone that doubts Ced can be a force on the O line for years to come. 6-5 300 lb freak athlete linemen don’t grow on trees, and if there’s a guy like that on your draft board that’s still available, you gotta pull the trigger
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
Speaking of big, crazy athletic offensive linemen that should play right away, Jake Fisher certainly fits that mold. Forget the Whit and Big Smitty contract situations, taking back to back O linemen shows the Bengals commitment to Hue Jackson’s power running game and investment in Andy Dalton. What better way to do that then to take the best offensive lineman from a team that scored a billion points and played for a national championship? Expect Fisher to contribute immediately.
Tyler Kroft: TE, Rutgers
Gone are the false starts and ill-timed personal foul penalties of everyone’s favorite TE, Jermaine Gresham. In comes Tyler Kroft. A bit of project guy, but a guy who was also a productive TE at Rutgers and who figures to fill the TE 2 slot behind Tyler Eifert. The Bengals needed a TE and could have done a whole hell of a lot worse than Kroft here.
Paul Dawson: LB, TCU
I’m no TCU football fan, but I got the chance to see the Horned Frogs’ thrashing of Ole Miss in their bowl game and Dawson was all over the field. An absolute heat seeking missile, which is largely why he’s already drawn comparisons to Votaze Burfict. High praise for a guy whose never taken a snap in an NFL game no doubt, but also one of the reasons why Dawson is being hailed by many as one of the steals of this draft.
Josh Shaw: CB/S, USC
Everybody knows Shaw was put on blast for lying about an ankle injury he suffered last year, but not a lot of people know that Shaw is one of the most versatile DB’s in this years draft. Dude can play corner and safety as well as being one of the better gunners around, so in a defensive backfield that could turn out to be a bit suspect at times this season, it’s not a stretch at all to think Shaw will get some looks on D. Another DB with a high ceiling that will probably be primarily a special teams guy. Gee, we’ve never seen that before around here.
Marcus Hardiston: DE, Arizona State
You can never have too many quality D-linemen, and the Bengals especially love to have a deep DE rotation so it’ll be interesting to see if the quick, 300 pounder can crack the Bengals DE rotation.
Interesting Marcus Hardiston tidbit: Hardiston is a converted high school QB who claims he can throw a football the length of the football field. Cool story bro but I gotta see pics or it didn’t happen. We’ll see what uncle Rico has to say about that.
C.J. Uzomah: TE, Auburn
C.J. Uzomah didn’t get much play at Auburn, but coaches feel that he has the size and ability to be an effective NFL TE. Uzomah will be a long shot project, but there’s no way he can do any worse than Chase Coffman, right?
Derron Smith: S, Fresno State
Derron Smith is an undersized safety who is probably a long shot to crack the defensive rotation, but the dude was a four year starter at Fresno State and an uber-productive college DB. Late rounds are where you snag guys like this who have potential and can make you look like a genius if they end up panning out.
Mario Alford: WR, West Virginia
Mario Alford joins an incredibly deep and talented Bengals WR corps, but Alford was a pretty productive college receiver who’s best known for running a blisteringly fast 4.2 40. You can’t teach speed like that. Perfect why the hell not pick by the Bengals at no. 238.