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 rounds 2-3. 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…
Round 2: Keiwan Ratliff, CB, Florida. Ratliff lacks elite speed but has good ball skills, which makes him better suited to a Tampa style cover two scheme. He was released in 2007 and eventually made his way back to Cincinnati this past season when a rash of injuries hampered the team.
Round 2: Madieu Williams, S, Maryland. Williams, this season’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award recipient for his charitable works, was acquired from the Corey Dillon trade in 2003. Williams was a solid player and is still a starter for the Minnesota Vikings after leaving the Bengals in 2007 via free agency.
Other options: Darnall Dockett, the Cardinals Pro Bowl DT, was picked with the first pick of round 3.
Round 3: Caleb Miller, LB, Arkansas. Miller made the cover of Sports Illustrated, tackling Hines Ward with the caption “The Nastiest Rivalry in the NFL” in October 2006 after the Bengals beat the Steelers 28-20 in Pittsburgh, and that is about the best I can say for him. He was out of the league by 2007.
Round 3 Compensatory: Landon Johnson, LB, Purdue. Johnson was a productive player for the Bengals, amassing 113 tackles in 2006, and a great value pick for the end of day 1 of the draft. He left via free agency in 2008 for the Carolina Panthers.
Other options: All Pro TE Chris Cooley was selected the pick after Miller, while Texans QB Matt Schaub was selected later in round three.
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