Cincinnati Bengals 2008 NFL Draft Grade
Keith Rivers headlines this Cincinnati Bengals draft class highlighted by many possible gems. Rivers is a mighty specimen as outside linebacker and when he comes to play, he is absolutely dominant. If Marvin Lewis can keep the fire burning, then the limit is the sky. They were probably hoping one of the defensive tackles would fall but they were gone, so they settled to address the linebackers as an alternative.

A pair of receivers came soon after along with Pat Sims a defensive tackle from Auburn. Both Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell are athletic talents that can go underneath as well as stretch the field attracting defensive attention away from Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh. Pat Sims adds that beef they are missing inside. If he and Jason Shirley, a defensive tackle from Fresno State, can fill that hole together, then that makes up for missing out in round one.  

Anthony Collins, an offensive tackle from Kansas, should add depth and a potential starter down the line at any number of positions. He could project to left tackle but according to many people’s opinions, will fill in as a guard. He has really long arms and a good frame; he could be something to watch as he develops. 

In terms of a sleeper, look no further than Mario Urrutia from Louisville. He is absolutely large standing at 6'6" tall and 235 pounds. He could develop into a red zone target as he excels at jump balls. And the Bengals still don't have a tight end to fill that void. 

Round 1 (9) – Keith Rivers – LB – 6’3” 235 – USC 

Round 2 (46) – Jerome Simpson – WR – 6’2” 190 – Coastal Carolina 

Round 3 (77) – Pat Sims – DT – 6’2” 310 – Auburn 

Round 3 (97) – Andre Caldwell – WR – 6’1” 200 – Florida 

Round 4 (112) – Anthony Collins – OT – 6’5” 317 – Kansas 

Round 5 (145) – Jason Shirley – DT – 6’5” 329 – Fresno State 

Round 6 (177) – Corey Lynch – FS – 6’0” 205 – Appalachian State 

Round 6 (207) – Matt Sherry – TE – 6’4” 255 – Villanova 

Round 7 (244) – Angelo Craig – DE – 6’5” 235 – Cincinnati

Round 7 (246) – Mario Urrutia – WR – 6’6” 232 – Louisville 

Cincinnati Bengals – Draft Grade – C 

By T. Lewis, 20Yardline.com
May 7, 2008