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Fifth Round Picks Continue Trend of Getting Value for Cincinnati Bengals

April 28th, 2012 at 3:44 PM
By Chuck Chapman

The Cincinnati Bengals made the most of their three fifth round picks, getting quality depth for their secondary as well as a high-value wide receiver.

With their first pick at 156 the Bengals selected Iowa cornerback, Shaun Prater. At first glance, I admit I was a bit puzzled that the Bengals would add yet another cornerback to the mix that brings back Nate Clements, Adam Jones and Brandon Ghee, signed Jason Allen and Terence Newman, and drafted Dre Kirkpatrick with their first pick. Then it became clear: the Bengals are not totally sold on Leon Hall's recovery from his Achilles' injury.

Given the question marks surrounding Hall and the potential free agent status of three of the above-mentioned players, getting Prater, a three year starter at Iowa, makes sense. 

Prater is another physical corner who will compete for time at the nickel corner and special teams. He's particularly strong against the run, always a quality needed in AFC North cornerbacks.

With the second pick in the fifth round, Cincinnati took Cal receiver Marvin Jones. Jones has all the physical skills to be a dominant wide receiver. The Bengals particularly like what they saw from him at the Senior Bowl. With Mohamed Sanu, Jones gives the Bengals another great outside option to go opposite AJ Green.

Jones had a great Combine performance and wowed scouts at the Senior Bowl with his impressive route running. Scouts question his straight line speed to get behind cornerbacks, but like his ability to run after the catch.

The third pick of the fifth round saw the Bengals get a physical specimen in Boise St. safety, George Iloka. At 6'4" Iloka is a safety who can play effectively in the box against the run as well as cover bigger tight ends. He was a four year starter with the Broncos and was the number one rated free safety on some boards. There were some concerns expressed over his on the field discipline during his collegiate career, but I imagine Mike Zimmer will take care of that.

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, George Iloka, Marvin Jones, NFL, Shaun Prater

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