Here they are all in one place. The 2012 Bengals draft class complete with each player’s pre-draft grade from ESPN and NFL.com.
1-17 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama — 87.2 NFL, 92 ESPN
No surprise here. He wasn’t the higest-ranked player on our board, but he’s the player Cincinnati needed to take.
1-27 Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin — 85.0, 88
Will Zeitler and third-round pick Brandon Thompson be more valuable than David DeCastro? That’s the big question from this draft. No complaints after the move about getting the best run-blocking guard in this draft.
2-53 Devon Still, DT, Penn State — 84.2, 89
Still can be a disruptive force at times. Hopefully he grows in Cincinnati’s rotation and becomes a strong contributor.
3-83 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers — 80.5, 68
A feel-good story after Thursday night’s prank. Sanu draws comparisons to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He’s a better athlete, but not as savvy … at least not yet.
3-93 Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson — 84.5, 87
Quick first step and high motor are what Thompson brings to the middle. You can never have enough good defensive linemen.
4-116 Orson Charles, TE, Georgia — 79.0, 73
A capable blocker with reliable hands. Becomes the sixth Bulldog on the Bengals roster and will compete with Donald Lee for the No. 2 tight end spot.
5-156 Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa — 66.0, 65
First pick of the draft that will excite special teams coach Darrin Simmons. Prater has the cover skills to develop into a solid NFL corner down the road.
5-166 Marvin Jones, WR, California — 74.0, 67
A versatile receiver who could line up outside or in the slot, Jones gives the Bengals 4.46-40 speed and a combine-best 6.81 trip through the three cone drill.
5-167 George Iloka, FS, Boise State — 73.0, 66
The knock on Iloka is similar to the one against Reggie Nelson before he came to Cincinnati. They say he doesn’t hit. He has the build and ball skills to be a free safety in this league, though.
6-191 Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State — 54.0, 42
Herron, with his power-running style, could contribute immediately to a team boasting mostly finesse backs. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has never carried the ball more than 200 times in a season, is the starter so it’s good to have as many backs as possible behind him.
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