The Carson Palmer trade didn’t bring the bounty some Bengals fans had hoped for (the best case scenario was two first rounders), but with a Raiders loss yesterday, the Bengals are still staring at a valuable pick at No. 17 (according to SB Nation). ESPN’s ScoutsInc. has Oklahoma QB Landry Jones ranked there, but Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still is right behind him at No. 18. Still could be a nice complement to Geno Atkins and a potential replacement for Domata Peko.
Mel Kiper has Arizona State outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict at 17 with Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw and Nebraska cornerback (a position of need) Alfonzo Dennard right behind him. Finally, NFLDraftScout.com puts USC defensive end Nick Perry at 17 in its rankings.
Regardless of the selection, the Bengals will get a good player who should be able to help an emerging team next year. Dare I say it, but Mike Brown deserves a lot of credit for the way he handled the entire Palmer situation.
So he’s got that working for him, which is nice.