TE Ben Utecht (Indianapolis)
DE Antwan Odom (Tennessee)
LB Darryl Blackstock (Arizona)
S Madieu Williams (Minnesota)
C Alex Stepanovich (Atlanta)
DE Justin Smith (San Francisco)
DE Bryan Robinson (Arizona)
WR Tab Perry (Miami)
LB Landon Johnson (Carolina)
1 (9) Keith Rivers, LB, USC
2 (46) Jerome Simpson, WR, Coastal Carolina
3 (77) Pat Sims, DT, Auburn
3 (97) Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida
4 (112) Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas
5 (145) Jason Shirley, DT, Fresno State
6 (177) Corey Lynch, S, Appalachian St
6 (207) Matt Sherry, TE, Villanova
7 (244) Angelo Craig, LB, Cincinnati
7 (246) Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville
Bengals Fillability Overview
Is Carson Palmer a great quarterback victimized by a mediocre coach, a lousy organization and a piss-poor defense?
Our Quality Stats would certainly say yes.
The Bengals were a defensive disaster last year, 21st in our Bendability Index, 27th in Defensive Passer Rating and 30th in our Defensive Hog Index. They were noticeably better in each and every corresponding offensive Quality Stat.
Hell, the Bengals were even dead last on our Special Teams Index.
So what did the Bengals do? Their biggest off-season free-agent acquisition was a tight end, their second draft pick went to wide receiver and two of their two four draft picks went to wide receiver.
Sure, there's been attrition at the position, namely in the form of the troubled Chris Henry, who's been suspended for the first four games of the season. And, sure, Cincy at least had the sense to devote their No. 1 pick to a linebacker, Keith Rivers of USC.
But the team expended all that energy on wide receivers for an offense that was No. 7 passing the ball last year. But they did not grab a single DB in free agency, and waited until the sixth round of the draft to add someone in the secondary, for a pass defense that was among the very worst in football last year.
It's bad news: as Cold, Hard Football Facts readers know, you can't win in the NFL if you can't stop the pass. We don't care how many Pro Bowl wide receivers your offense can put out on the field – if you can't shut down the other team's passing attack, you're all done.
Rivers might prove to be a nice addition to the team. But this isn't a club that needs some help on defense. It's an organization that needs a major overhaul on defense, probably a new coach, and maybe even a clue.
Paul Brown can't be happy looking down upon his Cincinnati experiment from that great big gridiron in the sky.
Cincinnati Fillability Grade: F-