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 round 4. 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 4: Matthias Askew, DT, Michigan State. I ask you, wouldn’t you have rather had a different player? Askew was a project and he never quite got it together. He was cut two years later after being one of many players to be arrested in 2006.
Round 4: Robert Geathers, DE, Georgia. The pick was from the Broncos in the Deltha O’Neil trade. Marvin’s defensive rebuilding project finally found a diamond in the rough, as Geathers has been a solid starter for the Bengals with a few flashes of greatness. Not bad for the fourth round.
Round 4: Stacey Andrews, OT, Mississippi. The pick was from the Rams trade. An occasional starter and key reserve in 2006 and 2007, many people were surprised that the Bengals franchised him in 2008, but it appears it was done in an attempt to keep him from leaving to play with his brother in Philadelphia, which he did the following season.
Other options: Pro Bowler and sack master Jared Allen was selected three picks after our third pick of the round.
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