With the 93rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected … Brandon Thompson, defensive tackle from Clemson.
With this selection, the Bengals added interior finesse and quickness to go with the raw power of 53rd overall pick Devon Still. Thompson racked up 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks last year at Clemson. A versatile lineman, Thompson moved around the Clemson front line and caused havoc in the backfield from multiple spots. At 6-foot-2, 314 pounds, Thompson has the size to add another run-stopping presence to the inside of the interior line. It will be interesting to see who gets bumped with Still and Thompson both joining what was already a fairly deep rotation.
What determines this year’s draft grade will be the question of whether the Bengals get more value from first-rounder Kevin Zeitler and Thompson or guard David DeCastro, who the Bengals passed on when they traded the 21st pick to New England for the 27th and 93rd overall slections.
The Bengals are scheduled for five picks on Saturday:
Round 4, pick 21 (116 overall)
Round 5, pick 21 (156 overall)
Round 5, pick 31 (166 overall)
Round 5, pick 32 (167 overall)
Round 6, pick 21 (191 overall)
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