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 with rounds 5-7. 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 5: Maurice Mann, WR, Nevada. One of Marvin’s trips into the small school realm, and this one didn’t pay off. Mann never played for the Bengals after being cut shortly after training camp. Perhaps we need to scout these schools a little better.
Other options: Pro Bowler Michael ‘The Burner’ Turner was selected five picks later.
Round 6: Greg Brooks, CB, Southern Mississippi. Brooks played mainly special teams until his release in 2006.
Round 7: Casey Bramlett, QB, Wyoming. Bramlett played a season in NFL Europe and then was cut in 2005.
Other options: ‘Fast’ Willie Parker and Wesley Welker would emerge from the undrafted to be Pro Bowlers.
Draft Grade: B+. I hate that we traded down the second time, losing out on Stephen Jackson, but all in all this draft was very formative in rebuilding the Bengals defense and some good players emerged from it. This draft helped build the Division Champs in 2005.