Around The North: Cincinnati Bengals’ Day Three Recap

The Cincinnati Bengals were going to have a tough time to recreate the same buzz they generated on day two when they selected Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis. With most of the franchise’s day two buzz the result of an off-field incident, the Bengals were aiming for a more football oriented discussion when it came to their day three selections.

The Bengals jumped out to a great start, starting day three in the same manner they ended day two with the selection of Auburn pass rusher Carl Lawson. A familiar name who once was the topic of a possible first-second round selection, Lawson watched his draft stock slipped right into the laps of the Bengals in the fourth round.

The possibility of a checkered medical background may be the cause for his slide, the Bengals saw too much value to let Lawson slide further. While value does not always equal production, the Bengals (specifically former tackle Willie Anderson), believe Lawson can be the franchise’s version of James Harrison.

“He’s a younger. more athletic version of James Harrison,” Anderson told Bengals.com after Lawson’s selection.

The Bengals spent their two other fourth round selections on rounding out the team’s depth, selecting Tennessee wide receiver Josh Malone and Michigan defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow.

Like first round pick John Ross, Malone will add another vertical threat to the receiving core but will likely need some more seasoning before he is ready for NFL action as his route running needs some polish. On the other side of the ball, Glasgow will be another interior pass rushing asset on the Bengal’s daunted defensive line.

After a revolving door of kickers last season, the Bengals were adamant of upgrading the kicker position this offseason, a move they hope to have achieved by taking Memphis kicker Jake Elliot in the fifth round. The first kicker taken off the board, the Bengals undoubtedly have high hopes that Elliot can beat out former Steelers’ kicker Randy Bullock for the starting job this summer.

Next up, the Bengals attempt to patch the $60 million hole created by the departure of Kevin Zietler this offseason. Using their second fifth round pick on Utah’s J.J. Dielman should help alleviate some of the stress created by Zietler’s departure. A versatile player with experience at tackle and center, Dielman should compete for a primary backup role this season.

The Bengals return to the defensive side of the ball with their two sixth round selections. The first, Oklahoma linebacker Justin Evans is a likely candidate to compete for weakside linebacker position. While Evans’ athleticism is his biggest positive, his biggest weakness is his conservative play style.

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted questions about Evans’ inability to finish tackles on his pre-draft profile, writing “Scouts say he turns down too many opportunities to bang when it is in front of him.” Evans sure will need to show an ability to finish as he will likely be tasked with special teams duties during his rookie season.

While the Bengals selected a grand total of nine players over day three, they saved their most interesting for one of their final spots. With their second sixth round pick, the Bengals selected Houston cornerback and/or running back Brandon Wilson. The franchise’s use of cornerback when describing Wilson may be head scratching considering even the NFL’s pre-draft page has him down as a running back, but the Bengals believe they have found a real diamond in the rough for their secondary.

Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle spoke of Wilson’s upside and plan to stick the former Houston athlete into the equation for nickel corner.

“He’s played all three spots, but I think he’s most comfortable playing in a nickel-type position. He’s a great blitzer. He’s very fast, very physical on the edge. He’s that type of guy. That’s why we envision that he’ll be able to compete with our guys, in terms of covering kicks and doing all those kind of things. He weighs about 200 pounds, and he’s a very fast, explosive athlete.” Coyle said during Wilson’s introductory press conference.

Buffalo tight end Mason Schreck capped off the Bengals’ long and eventful selections of day three. Not expected to be a contributor to the team this year, Schreck will likely be stashed on the team’s practice squad as a long-term project.

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Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • SfSteeler

    offense, defense, ST, these guys got a little of everything while double dipping in 2 need areas in a really good ‘mix’ draft for them…im a little jealous of that mix…but, that was easier for them in the position they were in at #9…

  • Nolrog

    On day 3, the Bengals drafted Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and The Boston Strangler. They passed on Jack the Ripper, because he threatened to hold out.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Ha. That was funny. They are Raider like with their indifference to character concerns.

  • Rusted Out

    On paper, and according to the “experts”, the Bungles had a great draft. We’ll be testing that theory on October 22nd and December 4th.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    So did the ravens they loaded up on defense

  • Orlysteel

    As long as they produce at a high level it will sit well with Marvin Lewis.

  • Jaybird

    Yeah but we got a once in a generation long snapper. Do you know how hard it is to replace one great long snapper in Warren with another like Dolby and not skip a beat. It’s the equilavent of Manning to Luck or Farve to Rodgers. It just doesn’t happen very often, replacing a great one with another.

    Lol

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d rather have our guys!

  • Jaybird

    The Ravens are going to be winning a lot of 14-10 , 16-13 type games in the next few years. I think the offense will stink but that defense is looking good.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Haha, well, to be fair, for the people in the long-snapper world that may be how it’s looked back on…all five people.

  • Jeff McNeill

    On another thread a Steelers fan thought we should draft Willis or Lawson in the first instead of Watt!

  • Michael James

    “He’s a younger. more athletic version of James Harrison”
    Except that Lawson doesn’t possess anywhere near Harrisons play strength and mean streak and that Lawson also completely lacks the ability to turn the corner. Make no mistake, I like Lawson as a player, but he’s nowhere near Harrison as a player.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    we dont yet know if warren is ready for retirement this could be his last ride.