With the NFL Draft a month away, the Bengals are drawing rave reviews from the national media for their work this offseason. After chronicling the pirating of defensive end Michael Johnson to the in-house signings of middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and left guard Clint Boling, the pundits returned from last week’s NFL owners’ meeting with thumbs up.
The Bengals have made hay with mid to late round picks. Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins was the 120th player taken in the 2010 draft.
The Bengals are expected to announce their smallest rookie free agent class in recent years some time Monday and various tweets and published reports have the estimated dozen headlined by Texas guard Trey Hopkins and Stanford tight end Ryan Hewitt, as well as Wake Forest nose tackle Nikita Whitlock.
Harlon Barnett, one of the great names in Cincinnati sports and his position coach at Michigan State, used to kid Darqueze Dennard all the time about those 13-hour drives from Jeffersonville, Ga., to East Lansing, Mich.
Head coach Marvin Lewis watched Johnny Football saunter into his life, the Ravens and Steelers grab the two best linebackers, and the Browns add another top ten cornerback.
Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers was projected to either be a late-round draft pick or to sign with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent. As a result, he vowed not to get his hopes too high as the draft unfolded Saturday.