Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals de facto offensive captain during their run to five postseasons in the last six years, wants to know his status as he heads into the last year of his contract.
The Bengals needed some juice in this weekend’s NFL Draft and they emerged with five of their nine selections looking at some significant snaps in their rookie seasons. And of their six picks in the first four rounds, the Bengals added three 300-pounders and a pair of 6-5, 250-pound –plus tight ends.
Tyler Kroft arrived at Rutgers in 2011 as a 210-pound wide receiver. “He was a little slim guy coming out of high school,” said college teammate Mo Sanu, now a Bengals wide receiver. Not anymore.
The Bengals finished up the 2015 NFL Draft Saturday at dinnertime when they picked up Fresno State safety Derron Smith in the sixth round and in the seventh round went for West Virginia wide receiver and kick returner Mario Alford.
The fourth round has been kind to Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes. Eleven-year end-tackle Robert Geathers (2004). Nose tackle and de facto defensive captain Domata Peko (2006). Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins (2010). Hayes can only hope he’s caught lightning in a bottle again with Arizona State three technique Marcus Hardison.
With their first pick in Saturday’s fourth round, the Bengals selected USC’s Josh Shaw – a defensive back with size, speed, intelligence, and one whopper of a mistake he’s gone to great lengths to atone.
Three years after plucking Pro Bowl WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict from the scrap heap of college free agency, the Bengals took Texas Christian linebacker Paul Dawson with the 99th and last pick of the third round, the Big 12 Player of the Year who ran a slow (4.93 seconds) in the 40-yard dash and saw his stock plummet. Sound familiar?
The Bengals must have had Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi graded quite high Thursday night before the NFL Draft began. One reason we know that is because three top 10-type pass rushers were on the board when the Bengals went to pick at No. 21, including Kentucky's Bud Dupree, nabbed by the Steelers at No. 22.
“He’s a gifted left tackle prospect,” said NFL Network's Mike Mayock of the newest Bengal, Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi. “He reminds me of D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Great feet, a lot of upside and since Cincinnati has (Andrew) Whitworth and Andre Smith, he can get healthy before he has to play.”
With an eye to the future in more ways than one, the Bengals opted for the prototype of the modern left tackle Thursday night when they selected Texas A&M’s Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st pick in the first round even as he recovers from an ACL tear.
Reasons why the Bengals’ drafts have been universally praised the past several years? One big one is because Duke Tobin has been the point man in funneling all the spigots of the information age into one pool. In the information age, the number runners win the 40-yard dash.
Ken Anderson’s scouting report from his days at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., compiled from 1969-70 with several pages of hand-written sheets, connect the draft eras to today’s cyberspace blitz with a notebook binder.
We give you the third and final 2015 Bengals.com Media Mock Draft with the real thing coming Thursday night. We make the case for a big guy to team inside with Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, and Brandon Thompson and the rest of the wide bodies.
Center Russell Bodine turned in one of the best seasons ever by a Bengals rookie when he took virtually every snap for a play-off team. Here's how he got here via a Draft Day trade.
Readers weigh in on the Marvin Lewis extension and the 2015 schedule. And they'd like to trade up in this draft, like the Bengals did last year to get center Russell Bodine. Don't count on it.
The Bengals are going Hollywood in more ways than one in 2015 when they eye their fifth straight post-season berth with four prime-time games that tie a franchise record and spice a schedule that puts them in the Pacific Time zone three times and the Mountain Time zone once.
They’re not looking for an explosion to jump-start a team that has been to the postseason four straight times. So Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis decided on a spark instead of a siphon. At least that’s how quarterback Andy Dalton read the “Revival,” T-Shirts hanging in each locker when they showed up for the first day of voluntary workouts.
You had to wait nearly a year, but this is why the Bengals drafted Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard with their first pick the last time they went through this thing called the draft: a competitive streak a mile long and character just as deep. Both emerged in Monday's first day of voluntary workouts.
The stage is set for the Drive for Five. When the Bengals arrive Monday at Paul Brown Stadium for the start of voluntary off-season workouts, they’ll be greeted with a state-of-the-art renovation in the team space facility.
Ten years ago, David Pollack headlined the Bengals' star-crossed draft. Now an ESPN college football analyst, he won't do a second take. NFL teams can't afford to play the what if game, either, because the draft is less than two weeks away.
The Bengals today delivered a check to the University of Cincinnati for $172,617.17, following through on their commitment to make a donation back to UC.