#17 Overall -- Dre Kirkpatrick / CB / Alabama
#3 cornerback on my board who I had an early 2nd round grade on. More of a zone corner where he can play with the action in front of him. Some stiffness in his hips during transition. Lengthy, physical corner who's a superb tackler and big hitter. Excellent special teams player for the Tide. Doesn't have the top notch off-man coverage ability to stay in-phase and make plays on the ball in the air, which is why he only had 3 INT's during his career. Will force fumbles when he tackles though. Little bit of a reach by the Bengals to get him this early in the 1st round, but should be an effective starter at some point. Grade: C+
#27 Overall -- Kevin Zeitler / OG / Wisconsin
Bengals nab the #2 guard on my board here with their second 1st round pick. I had an early 2nd round grade on Zeitler, therefore I don't consider this selection much of a reach...maybe by 5 or 6 picks. You rarely go wrong with Wisconsin offensive lineman. Reminds me a little of John Moffitt, who I was extremely high on last year and went to the Seahawks and became an immediate starter. Solid pick here. Grade: B+
#53 Overall -- Devon Still / DT / Penn St.
The #5 defensive tackle on my board who I had a late 1st/early 2nd round grade on. Potential steal here for the Bengals to get him late in the 2nd round. Needs some refinement but could be productive for Bengals as a 3-technique. Grade: A-
#83 Overall -- Mohamed Sanu / WR / Rutgers
The #5 wide receiver on my board with probably #2 potential at the next level, and I had given him a 2nd round grade. Bengals get great value again by getting this kid in the 3rd round. I've compared him to Hines Ward before when he was coming out of Georgia in terms of physicality with the ball in his hands and devastating blocking. He plays angry with or without the ball. Doesn't have blazing speed, but very good feel for the passing game. Experienced and productive as the trigger man for the Wildcat package. Grade: A
#93 Overall -- Brandon Thompson / DT / Clemson
#6 defensive tackle on my board who I had a 2nd round grade on. There was a time when Clemson produced good defensive lineman for the NFL back in the Chester McGlockton, Trevor Pryce days. However, they've struggled with a long line of overrated underachievers in recent years. Thompson is one of the best defensive lineman I've seen come out of Clemson since Trevor Pryce. Has a good chance to break the string of failures that have made scouts skiddish of Clemson defensive lineman. Great fit a 3-technique and should be a nice camp battle between Still and Thompson. This is another nice pick here. Grade: A
#116 Overall -- Orson Charles / TE / Georgia
#7 tight end on my board who I had a 5th round grade on. Bengals reach a little early here for Charles. Effort blocker and strong upper body. Inconsistent hands and can be thrown off his route when chucked by the SAM 'backer. We'll see. Grade: C-
#156 Overall -- Shaun Prater / CB / Iowa
Barely had a draftable grade on Prater. #27 cornerback on my board and had a late round grade on him. Weak tackler and not physical by any stretch. His teammate, Micah Hyde, is the better prospect and we'll talk about him plenty for the 2013 draft. Reach here. Grade: D+
#166 Overall -- Marvin Jones / WR / Cal
#12 wide receiver with #2 potential on my board and had a 4th round grade on Jones. Tendency to fight the ball into his hands and does drop some passes. Ran decent on a stopwatch which helped him. Teammate Keenan Allen is the real stud on that offense which we'll talk about plenty for the 2013 draft. Bengals get good value for Jones here. Grade: B-
#167 Overall -- George Iloka / S / Boise St.
#2 safety on my board behind Mark Barron. I had a 2nd round grade on Iloka and was surprised to see him last this long. This is an absolute steal at this point in the draft. Grade: A
#191 Overall -- Dan Herron / RB / Ohio St.
I had an early 5th round grade on Herron and had him as the #9 feature back on my board. Runs with outstanding pad level and grinds out the tough yards. Strong runner between the tackles. The Bengals may have found a keeper here. Grade: B+