October 23, 2014

NFL Draft Rewind: 2004 Trades and Round 1

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 I attempt to make some sense of the 2004 Bengals draft, looking at the trades and the first round. The Bengals rebounded from the disastrous 2002 season with an 8-8 mark in 2003, but the franchise playoff drought continued. In 2004, Carson Palmer would take the reigns as the team’s starter and Marvin began to build a defense. The rest, as they say, is history…

Pre Draft Trade: Bengals trade the 17th overall pick to the Broncos for the 24th overall, CB Deltha O’Neal, and a fourth rounder. Marvin did something the Bengals rarely do, make a trade, and improved the defense by adding a legit cover corner in O’Neal. An All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2005 for the Bengals, O’Neal was a key piece to the puzzle in remaking the defense.

Draft Day Trade: Bengals trade the 24th overall pick to the Rams for the 26th overall and a fourth rounder. The Begnals don’t make draft day trades very often, especially in the first round, as pointed out in a recent article by Joe Reedy. If only we could have this one back! The trade that the Bengals completed with the Rams goes down as a major gaffe, not because of the value received but because of the team’s bad scouting. Jim Anderson, running back coach for the Bengals, described the player we took as his flavor of running back. The player the Rams traded up to get, RB Stephen Jackson, has been a stud with over 10,000 yards from scrimmage and 54 touchdowns. I believe I prefer the Ram’s flavor…

Round 1: Chris Perry, RB, Michigan. Perry might have been good, but his name came to be synonymous with injury. A sports hernia and broken leg caused him to miss extensive time, and by the time he was anointed the starter in 2008, he didn’t pan out and was replaced by current starter Cedric Benson. Perry was cut by the team in 2009.

Other options: Obviously, Stephen Jackson would have been our best option, but three time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork was still on the board with our original pick, #17.

Q: Who Dey? A: Nobody!