The Cincinnati Bengals have made their justifiable share of unhealthy draft picks. Professional Soccer Targeted has simply launched their record of worst first-round draft picks for each slot since 2006 and two Bengals made the record.
The primary was not the story right here. At the very least, not now. The second, nonetheless, in the best way they portrayed it was surprising and never encouraging.
On the ninth slot, PFF deemed that John Ross was worthy of the title, worst ninth total choose since 2006. Of Ross, Mike Renner writes:
9. 2017 Cincinnati Bengals: WR John Ross, Washington
Ross was so gradual to stand up to hurry with the Bengals that then-head coach Marvin Lewis infamously dabbled with switching him to cornerback as a rookie. It appeared ludicrous on the time, but it surely’s far much less so after seeing how his rookie contract performed out in Cincinnati. Ross managed simply 733 receiving yards in his 4 years with the Bengals.
This could not come as a giant shock. The Bengals did one thing that’s normally related to the LA, err, Oakland, err, Las Vegas Raiders — They fell in love with the numbers.
Who can blame them? A 4.2 40-yard sprint is intoxicating.
It turned pretty apparent that this was not a Marvin Lewis choice and began off in his preverbal canine home. He was by no means capable of get out. Sadly, it didn’t get higher below Zac Taylor.
Different draft picks within the 9 slot since 2006 are:
- 2006 Ernie Sims (LB)
- 2007 Tedd Ginn Jr, (WR)
- 2008 Keith Rivers (LB)
- 2009 B.J. Raji (DT)
- 2010 C.J. Spiller (RB)
- 2011 Tyron Smith (T)
- 2012 Luke Kuechly (LB)
- 2013 Dee Millner (DB)
- 2014 Anthony Barr (LB)
- 2015 Ereck Flowers (T)
- 2016 Leonard Floyd (LB)
- 2017 John Ross (WR)
- 2018 Mike McGlinchey (T)
- 2019 Ed Oliver (DT)
- 2020 C.J. Henderson (CB)
However now that Ross is with the New York Giants, allow us to consider No. 21 on this record, present Bengals heart, Billy Value.
Of Value, Renner writes:
21. 2018 Cincinnati Bengals: IOL Billy Value, Ohio State
This one may simply as simply be one other Bengals choose in Cedric Ogbuehi, however Value has been much more of a legal responsibility. He’s earned pass-blocking grades of 29.4 and 26.1 the previous two seasons and isn’t any lock to be on the roster in 2021.
First, in Cincinnati, evaluating any offensive lineman to Ogbuehi is normally not an excellent factor. Claiming that stated lineman is worse than Ogbuehi is, shall we embrace, wow.
Value was not given a good shake from a reputation standpoint from the beginning. It was not his fault. The frustration from having the rug pulled out from beneath the workforce when the Detroit Lions chosen Frank Ragnow one choose forward of them was rapid.
It stills hangs over the workforce just a few years later. Final month when Ragnow signed an extension with the Lions, Bengals followers couldn’t assist however be reminded that the workforce declined the fifth-year option on Value. Double whammy.
It additionally didn’t assist that PFF had the Bengals reaching very far to pick out Value. Cincinnati chosen Value No. 21 total whereas PFF had him ranked at No. 69 total. A pleasant attain.
Moreover, it didn’t assist that Trey Hopkins was capable of change Value at heart and supply an apparent improve.
It mustn’t come as a shock that PFF just isn’t excessive on Value. It’s, nonetheless, disappointing. Hopes have been excessive when he got here in as a first-round choose for an offensive line that completely wanted an improve.
What would possibly come as a shock is that Value was chosen over Ogbuehi for this “honor.” It’s a disappointment that both could be thought-about right here. It’s regarding that as of immediately, Value is the beginning heart.
The opposite gamers in competitors at 21 are:
- 2006 Laurence Maroney (RB)
- 2007 Reggie Nelson (S)
- 2008 Sam Baker (T)
- 2009 Alex Mack (C)
- 2010 Germaine Gresham (TE)
- 2011 Phil Taylor (DT)
- 2012 Chandler Jones (DE)
- 2013 Tyler Eifert (TE)
- 2014 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S)
- 2015 Cedric Ogbuehi (T)
- 2016 Will Fuller (WR)
- 2017 Jared Davis (LB)
- 2018 Billy Value (C)
- 2019 Darnell Savage (S)
- 2020 Jalen Reagor (WR)
There’s some hope. Most suppose that outdated new offensive line coach Frank Pollack will likely be to educate up the potential of this line group and supply higher outcomes than what now we have seen earlier than.
Don’t search for the Bengals to maneuver on from Value this yr.
First, in keeping with Spotrac, if the Bengals have been to maneuver on from Value, it will be a cap hit of $3,726,704.
Second, with Hopkins out till who is aware of when, Value is the following man up at heart. We should always not anticipate the workforce to go along with sixth-round rookie Trey Hill out the gate.
Moreover, the one different lineman who has expertise taking part in heart on the roster is veteran Keaton Sutherland. Thus, there’s a depth challenge with Hopkins being out as properly.
As a Bengals fan, what do you suppose? Ought to Value be on this record as an alternative of Ogbuehi? Does this shake your confidence within the offensive line in anyway?
Lastly, do you consider the Value can flip it round this yr?