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 look back at rounds 1-3 of the 2007 Bengals draft. After a disappointing season that ended with an overtime loss to Pittsburgh that knocked us out of back to back playoff appearances, we at least felt comfortable that Palmer was healthy and could still put up big passing numbers. Another disappointing season would follow as the character gambles we took in recent drafts continued to derail any progress made. The rest, as they say, is history…
Round 1: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan. Hall has emerged as a great player, and he is a great guy off the field as well. My sons and I met him at training camp and he signed autographs and took pictures when a lot of the big names bolted for the locker room. 18 career picks is more than the best corner in the league, Darrelle Revis, who was drafted four picks before Hall. Leon is in the last year of his rookie contract, and is probably the guy the Bengals wanted to keep long term between himself and Joseph.
Round 2: Kenny Irons, RB, Auburn. With oft-injured Chris Perry the featured back now and Rudi Johnson gone to Detroit, a little insurance was needed at RB. Reminiscent of Ki-Jana Carter, Irons wrecked his knee in the second preseason game in Detroit and he never played a snap in the NFL.
Other options: The Giants Steve Smith was taken two picks later.
Round 3: Pick forfeited in the 2006 Supplimental Draft.
Other options: Former Louisville star Michael Bush was selected at the top of round 4.