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Cincinnati Bengals Shore up Defensive Line, Wide Receiver in Rounds Two and Three

April 27th, 2012 at 11:26 PM
By Chuck Chapman

With three more picks in rounds two and three, the Cincinnati Bengals looked to add depth and fill a hole at wide receiver. Mission accomplished.

The Bengals got great value with all three of their picks on Friday, picking up players that had been projected higher on most team's draft boards. 


Their first selection was DT Devon Still from Penn State. Still, the cousin of former Kentucky and Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman, Art Still, was rated as a first round selection by many scouts after a breakout senior year and being named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Still had 32 tackles for loss at Penn State, including 17 last season. He should fit in nicely with the Bengals' rotation along the defensive line.

Cincinnati also picked a defensive tackle with their final third round pick, Clemson's Brandon Thompson. Thompson was projected by most to go in the second round, but the Bengals were able to get him with the 93rd pick. At 6'2" and 310 pounds, Thompson is known for his run stuffing abilities. He was also an Academic Honor Roll honoree during the 2010 season.

In between, the Bengals grabbed the number two receiver they were looking for in Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu. At 6'2" Sanu gives the Bengals another long, rangy wide receiver opposite AJ Green.

Sanu left Rutgers after his junior season holding the Big East record for receptions with 210, 115 coming last season. This was despite playing with three different quarterbacks in three seasons. Oh yes, some guy name Larry Fitzgerald played in the Big East, too.

Sanu doesn't have the elite speed of an AJ Green, but is a polished route runner already. He's also very strong and known for his ability to get passes in traffic.

It was a great story seeing Sanu drafted by the Bengals as well. Unfortunately, he was the victim of a prank phone call late Thursday with the caller pretending to be a Bengals representative telling him he had been selected in the first round. The Bengals had taken Kevin Zeitler.

All told, it was a great haul for the Bengals on the draft's second day. They're due six more picks in rounds 4-7 unless they trade up somewhere to get a player they want.

Tags: Brandon Thompson, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Devon Still, Football, Mohamed Sanu, NFL

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