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 4-7 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 4: Marvin White, S, TCU. A career backup, White was cut by the team after two seasons but would return last season as the secondary was decimated by injury.
Other options: Ravens FB LeRon McClain was taken at the end of the round.
Round 5: Jeff Rowe, QB, Nevada. The team just can’t seem to find a suitable backup for Carson Palmer, and this guy didn’t make it past one season. That seems to be a bigger problem all of a sudden.
Other options: Jets K and former Pro Bowler Nick Folk was still available.
Round 6: Matt Toeaina, DT, Oregon. He didn’t survive cut down day, and now is with the Chicago Bears.
Round 7: Dan Santucci, G, Notre Dame. A backup for a couple of seasons, he is now with the Panthers.
Round 7: Chinedum Ndukwe, S, Notre Dame. Ndukwe has been a decent pick as he remains with the team and is an occasional starter.
Draft Grade: C. Aside from Leon Hall, this wasn’t a great draft. No third round pick, and no other starters. The Kenny Irons injury was devistating.