In the coming weeks leading up to the April 28th NFL Draft, I will be taking a look at past Bengals drafts during the Marvin Lewis era. Today’s look back into the 20-20 hindsight of history is Marvin’s first draft, with rounds 4-7. In 2003, the Bengals has just fired Dick LeBeau after a club worst 2-14 disaster. Lewis was hired after having served as Defensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins. The rest, as they say, is history…
Round 4: Dennis Weathersby, CB, Oregon State. The Bengals took a chance on Weathersby after he was shot three days before the draft. He was in a coma following a car accident in 2004 and was released in 2005.
Other options: Bills Pro Bowl corner Terrence McGee and Patriots/Eagles Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel were taken later in the round.
Round 5: Khalid Abdullah, LB, Mars Hill. The first of Marvin’s not-even-in-the-draft-guide reaches, Abdullah was released in 2005.
Other options: Colts Pro Bowl DE Robert Mathis was taken two picks later.
Round 6: Langston Moore, DT, South Carolina. Moore played for the Bengals for two seasons before being released.
Other options: Former Colts Pro Bowl LB Cato June was selected later in the round.
Round 7: Scott Kooistra, T, NC State. The most I remember about this guy is that he was 6’7” and looked exactly like Frankenstiein on his Madden photo.
Other options: Undrafted free agents included Pro Bowl QB Tony Romo and TE Antonio Gates.
Draft grade: C. Palmer and Steinbach were studs, while the rest were duds.