The Bengals may have helped their inconsistent secondary with the selection of Leon Hall in the first round. He was considered by many as the best CB in the draft. 20Yardline.com Draft Grade / C
1 (18) Leon Hall, CB Michigan (5'11 ", 193, 4.39). Hall is a tough, hard nosed corner who can get physical with big receivers. He plays well in man-to-man coverage but sometimes struggles against speed receivers. He is excellent in run support and regularly makes big plays. He should start or at least be the nickel back his rookie year.
2 (49) Kenny Irons, RB Auburn (5'10 ", 203, 4.45). Irons could develop into a starting running back in a year or two. He needs to bulk up and improve his strength to take an NFL pounding. He is a down hill runner, often running over defenders and falling forward for extra yards. He struggles in pass protection and needs work as a receiver. He should spell Rudi Johnson along with Chris Perry this year.
4 (114) Marvin White, S TCU (6'1 ", 199, 4.54). White is a raw talent with great ability. He is an excellent blitzer and can play the pass well when he reads the play correctly. Sometimes he is too aggressive and will bite on the play action fake. He has long arms and can tip away passes at the last second. He could develop in 2-3 years.
5 (151) Jeff Rowe, QB Nevada (6'5 ", 226, 4.91)
6 (187) Matt Toeaina, DT Oregon (6'2", 307, 5.07)
7 (230) Dan Santucci, OG Notre Dame (6'3 ", 301, 5.13)
7 (253) Nedu Ndukwe, S Notre Dame (6'1 ", 206, 4.49)
By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
May 2, 2007