It’s not often you see a team get a “steal” with the No. 24 pick in the first round of the NFL draft, but the Cincinnati Bengals got just that with the selection of Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. This pick makes a lot of sense and Bengals fans should be ecstatic that their team snagged one of the top corners.
Many people saw Dennard going in the top-10 in this year’s draft, but other corners were selected before him such as Justin Gilbert at No. 8 and Kyle Fuller at No. 14. People were shocked to see Dennard slip out of the top-15 and even out of the top-20.
Once the 20th pick rolled around, Dennard officially became a steal.
At Michigan State, he became a physical, lock-down type of corner that opposing players hated to go up against because they knew they were in for a dog-fight. He acquired the ability to stay with a wide out throughout a route and make them work for every reception.
Cincinnati needed a young receiver to ensure that aging corners Terence Newman and Leon Hall get a replacement once their already-winding careers come to a close.
Don’t forget the fact that 2012 first-round selection Dre Kirkpatrick hasn’t quite panned out the way that he was expected to for the Bengals.
The addition of Dennard gives the Bengals much-needed depth at the position and it takes a lot of pressure off the veterans and the struggling third-year player in Kirkpatrick.
This was an absolute steal at the No. 24 pick.
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