Lewis wraps up draft

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 24, 2010 – 5:37 pm


A few quick hits from head coach Marvin Lewis’  news conference after Cincinnati’s last pick in this year’s NFL Draft on Saturday.

Referring to the selections of Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley and Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Brisco, “Our No. 1 goal this offseason has been to give Carson (Palmer) threats, weapons and put people in place to enhance our passing game and get us back to where we were.”

The defensve players, Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Wake Forest cornerback Brandon Ghee, Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Texas linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy, enthused him: “They all have great physical tools. Intellectually they’re all very intelligent and give us an opportunity to take them and improve them on their upside potential. They obviously look the part and that’s big.”

The drafting of Illinois State guard Otis Hudson in the fifth round and Iowa State center Reggie Stephens in the seventh round:  “Improving the depth on our interior offensive line was one of our goals. We left the draft room feeling really good about filling a lot of the needs of the team and my perceived goals at the end of the season as we’ve tried to improve and I think we’ve done it.”

The Bengals didn’t get a safety after they explored trading up to get USC’s Taylor Mays in the second round and Lewis said they stayed true to the draft board rather than make a pick for a need.

“We have a couple of guys here who we’ve trained to be safeties,” Lewis said. “It’s like the apprenticeship program we had on the offensive line. We feel like we have some people already that hit us better than some other guys maybe would. (Rico Murray? Keiwan Ratliff? Tom Nelson?) We didn’t feel like there was anybody that would hit us that would upgrade where we were.”

With the signing of kicker Mike Nugent and Shayne Graham apparently waiting for a better offer (maybe the Jets with the top eight rule), Lewis indicated he’s ready to go on to other matters.

“We’ll see,” said Lewis when asked if Graham returning is an option. “We’ve got to get ready to move on. I can’t determine what Shayne wants to do or his representation. We’re getting ready to play football the way the team is at this point.”

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6 Responses to “Lewis wraps up draft”

  1. By homerbengal on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    2010 games should be faster won’t have to hear ref say seventy-something reporting as eligible receiver as often. Instead should have more eighty-somethings blocking and catching passes.Hope carson’s arm is well enough to work with the new talent.

  2. By 78bestever on Apr 25, 2010 | Reply

    Just a good, solid draft. It’s amazing when a team builds on itself and finds an identity how un-sexy the draft needs to be in order for it to be a good one. This team got better this weekend and that is what the draft is for.

  3. By chibengals on Apr 25, 2010 | Reply

    Now that the draft is a wrap. FA continues and I hope A Fanneca is a top priority. He would be a perfect for 2-3 yrs max while our young players mature and follow him and Bobby’s leadership.

  4. By 2ndboot on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    Well done Marvin.. Apprenticeships? Well, the players ARE unionized aren’t they? Ooops..I better not say UNION in this town..a few fans might think Mike Brown is becoming a bleeding heart next. 😉

  5. By coachwine on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    I was disappointed in not getting a safety, but this was a draft that covered every other need with some talent. Look at how many guys were drafted long after they were projected to come off the board.

    Baltimore always gets hugs and kisses from the beltway kiss-ups. If they were as smart as portrayed, they would be in the super bowl every year. They’re going down again!

  6. By carson9 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I give this draft an “A”. Very smart choices. It will be exciting to see who will be starting on the Defensive Line. I’ve always liked Geathers alot, but I’m afraid his declining production may lead to a new starter. Dunlap, and Michael Johnson could steal the starting spot. Only thing I was questioning was not drafting a Safety. Roy Williams is still a stud when healthy, but has rarely played the last 2 yrs. Tom Nelson and company are solid, but not Ed Reed and Troy type players. Pray for a healthy Roy this year Bengaldom!

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