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The Grades Are In

Posted by Lori Schmidt April 29, 2013 0 Comments
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Here’s a quick snapshot of what the experts thought about the Browns and Bengals draft hauls. Note that all the quotes provided are merely a snyopsis, so if you’re interested in the complete breakdown, you are highly encouraged to click through!

BROWNS

NFL Network fans’ grade: C

  • Mike Mayock on Cleveland’s first round pick, Barkevious Mingo:  ”It’s a pass-first league, and every team in the league is looking for a guy that can go hunt. He’s an explosive presence off the edge.”

Fox Sports Floyd Engel: B

  • “They have a GM, a real-deal GM.”

Fox Sports Alex Marvez: C-

  • “Outside LB Mingo provides some bark to Cleveland’s Dawg Pound, but the Browns added only more player (San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden) before Round Six.”

Fox Sports Peter Schrager: B+

  • “This was a productive draft for the long term.”

NBC’s Evan Silva: C

  • “Lombardi’s first draft haul underwhelms on paper, but the Browns can capitalize on his forward-minded thinking next year.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.: C+

  • “The hope is Mingo becomes a star, and McFadden can perform early. The good news is, both could happen.”

CBS Sports analyst Pete Prisco: C

  • “In his first draft as general manager, I just didn’t get the wow factor from Mike Lombardi. I like Mingo, but I thought they had other needs. They did add receiver Devone Bess in a trade for very little.”

BENGALS

NFL Network fans’ grade: B

  • Mike Mayock on Cincinnati’s first round pick, Tyler Eifert: ”The Andy Dalton thing is critical. Remember, they’ve lost two years in a row to Houston in the wild card. How do you get over that hump? You need another playmaker, and Dalton has to take another step up.”

Fox Sports Floyd Engel: B

  • “I love the Tyler Eifert pick…and SMU’s Margus Hunt basically adds another beast to Mike Zimmer’s defense.”

Fox Sports Alex Marvez: B

  • “Needs at running back and strong safety were filled with Gio Bernard (second round) and Shawn Williams (third round).”

Fox Sports Peter Schrager: A

  • “Eifert and Bernard will both make immediate impacts.”

NBC’s Evan Silva: B

  • “Quarterback remains an issue in Cincinnati, but the rest of the roster is becoming awfully good.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.: A-

  • “The Bengals somehow didn’t address a pretty big need early (and they don’t have many) and still really impressed me.”

CBS Sports analyst Pete Prisco: A

  • “For the second consecutive year, the Bengals had a big haul. They landed a lot of quality players for a roster that already had a bunch. There is no more laughing at the way they draft.”