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08:01 AM ET 05.02 | Post-draft hype can be quite a burden for any draft class. These first year players will have a hard enough time trying not to get lost in their new cities. However, looking at the talent the Bengals acquired over the weekend, I like what Marvin Lewis is doing in Cincinnati. Start with Dre Kirkpatrick at No.17 overall. I talked up the Alabama CB in the months leading up to the draft because of his size, length and ability to play press-man. Kirkpatrick will need work this offseason (and has to learn how to win in an off-man position), but this should give Cincy an opening day starter opposite Leon Hall. ... [When] I think of the top draft classes (in terms of talent), the Bengals are on the list.

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May 2, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Still third in their division.

May 2, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Last 3 yrs. now they have had the best drafts.......these ain't the Bengals of old - no more Divas and goof-balls, just guys wanting to play football.

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May 2, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Still third in their division.

toughest division in the NFL.....and they will win the Division this year.

May 2, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Historically, as you look at these grades compared to actual production they usually don't correlate.

May 2, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Pittsburgh had a really good draft, as well. The Bungles are still playing catch-up.

May 2, 2012  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Still third in their division.

But, they seem to be heading in the right direction.

May 2, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Life sure got better after Frick and Frack left.

May 2, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Eat your heart out Carson!

May 2, 2012  08:29 AM ET
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Historically, as you look at these grades compared to actual production they usually don't correlate.

You might be right - but the last 2 drafts 2010 and 2011, 4 of them rookies made the Pro Bowl 2 each year and total of 4 in last years game would of been 5 if Dunlap didn't get injured mid way thru the season.

May 2, 2012  08:44 AM ET

"I talked up the Alabama CB in the months leading up to the draft because of his size, length and ability to play press-man"

Seriously? I'd wish they'd start putting names rather than papers to these articles. That statement there makes me think this was by Adam Schefter.

May 2, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Still third in their division.

they will finish higher than that.

May 2, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

"I talked up the Alabama CB in the months leading up to the draft because of his size, length and ability to play press-man"Seriously? I'd wish they'd start putting names rather than papers to these articles. That statement there makes me think this was by Adam Schefter.

My guess would have been Hillbilly.

May 2, 2012  09:05 AM ET

most talented draft class?!?!?! There were a grand total of 6 players worth going after....the rest of the draft was just eh....

May 2, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Is da season over already? Who was the MVP of the Super Bowl? Would you like me to make a list of Round 1 FAILURES?

May 2, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Pittsburgh had a really good draft, as well. The Bungles are still playing catch-up.

Unless the Steelers defense has 'youth in a bottle' somewhere they aren't going to be as good as you think.

May 2, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Disagree about Bengals draft class. 1st rounder has already been arrested for drugs and 2nd rounder blew out his ACL several years ago. There is a huge possibility for this class being a total disaster for the Bengals.

May 2, 2012  09:47 AM ET

The bengals where a fluke last year

 
May 2, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Unless the Steelers defense has 'youth in a bottle' somewhere they aren't going to be as good as you think.

They are actually a lot younger on D when you consider how many 30 year olds were released/retired. Although, younger and faster doesn't mean more wins.

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