The trick to attempting to carve out NomenClature ~ Positional Names, to you Earthlings ~ as this Great Game evolves is that most FootBall Positions ~ classic or new ~ have multiple Responsibilities and overlap each other.
Tyler Eifert projects best as a Flex End, but he could play Tight End right now, and could become a very good one.
This is extremely important, because while a Flex End who can block well for a Flex End ~ which Eifert can ~ can be a Dangerous Dual Threat, because in addition to being a Receiving Weapon, he can be a combination Blocker.
But a true Tight End ~ a legitimate Force both as a Receiver and as a Blocker ~ is a significantly more powerful Weapon, for he can take on ~ and take out ~ Defensive Ends all on'is own and thus provides Full Scale Duality.
Eifert's Potential to develop into an Impact Tight End ~ rather than a more limited Flex End, which he is ready to excel at immediately, mind you ~ adds significant Value to'is Stock.
Having so noted...
Eifert doesn't command explosive Ricochet out'f'is Breaks, so he's not the best Router, he's Crisp & Disciplined. And he's an exceptionally instinctive HighPointer with a great sense of Timing and simply awesome Hands.
He is going to be an extremely deadly Weapon.
2 ~ XB Giovani Bernard of North Carolina @ #37 ~ Terrific Pick!! I gave'm a 1st Round Grade!!
Giovani Bernard commands an exhilarating Fusion of Weaponry to the table. Because he combines extraordinary natural Running & Receiving skills with fantastic Processing Speed, he is constantly able to exacerbate the immense Advantage that his considerably dangerous athletic Gifts already give'm against his Adversaries.
He's not blessed with exceptional Core Strength or Drive Power, so he's neither a Stone Wall in Pass Blocking nor a Battering Ram when he's got the Ball...But he's built Strong, just the same ~ strong enough, combined with his remarkable capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Game, that he's adept at either endeavor.
No considerable Weaknesses.
Able to stay on the Field, regardless of Down or Distance.
Above all: a nightmarish blend of Agility & Diagnostic Velocity who is equally deadly Running or Receiving.
My philosophical objections aside, it's gonna be damned hard for an Head Coach to take this kid off the Field.
3 ~ DE Margus Hunt of Southern Methodist @ #53 ~ Controversial Pick!! For me, at least: 5th Round Grade!!
Margus Hunt brings an astonishing Fusion of Size, Strength, and Speed to the table, but too much'f'is Strength is in the Upper Body. He's going to need extensive Work, and he's already 26.
Furthermore, he's relatively new to the Game, and while he's a smart guy, his lack of Instincts & Discipline on the field ~ perfectly understandable, mind you, with only 3 Years in the Game ~ will also require extensive Work.
He's an exciting Prospect, but'is Top Heavy Frame and'is relatively advanced Age, combined with a lack of Instincts, strongly suggest to me that he's unlikely to ever be much more than an interesting Role Player, despite all the Hype.
4 ~ SS Shawn Williams of Georgia @ #84 ~ Williams was highly hyped, but I gave'm a 6th Round Grade.
I love'is Ferocity and Attacking Attitude, but I just don't feel he commands the Verticity to Flip Hips and compete effectively at The Next Level in the 21st Century. I feel he'll be a fatal vulnerability in the Passing Game.
5 ~ HB Rex BurkHead of Nebraska @ #190 ~ Tremendous Pick!! Gave'm a 3rd Round Grade!!
Rex Burkhead commands a truly amazing combination of Size, Strength, and flat out phenomenal Agility.
I have questions about'is ability to Rapidly Read & React to NFL Defenses, and he needs to play more physically as both a Runner and Blocker, but his ability to navigate a Field is extraordinary.
And he's a tremendous threat in the Short Passing Game.
Will he be able to process the Game at The Next Level rapidly enough to unleash his magnificent Athletic Gifts??
It's a damned fine question.
But I'd sure's Hell invest a Pick to find out.
6 ~ OT Reid Fragel of Ohio State @ #240 ~ Phenomenal Pick!! Gave'm a 2nd Round Grade!!
Reid Fragel is a very recent Tight End Convertible who shocked and stunned many people, last Year, by coming out'f nowhere and suddenly battening down the Right Tackle spot at Ohio State, without any experience at all.
He's got tons of learning to do, obviously, and God Forbid he gets drafted by a Team who's Offensive Line Coach doesn't know'is Craft...But as Nate "Universal" Solder and many others've illustrated, if a Prospect has phenomenal Talent, exceptional Processing Speed, Raging Desire, and a relentless Work Ethic, all he needs is a Coach who knows his Business, and what most expect to take Years can be mastered in a few short months.
My take? Reid Fragel is precisely that kind of Prospect.
And I also think that ~ though I wouldn't want to bet too heavily on them, myself ~ Hunt, Williams, FD Sean Porter, OT Tanner Hawkinson, SE Cobi Hamilton, and OC Torn Jock Johnson all have some Potential to speak of.
By my hilariously unqualified Grading, I count 2 1st Rounders & 2 Day 2 Picks, in addition to the others, who would certainly not be my first Mistakes, were I wrong about'm...A pretty fine bit of work by the Bengals, I say.
New EngLand Patriots ~ B-
Buffalo Bills ~ A
Miami Dolphins ~ D
New York Jets ~ C
PittsBurgh Steelers ~ D-
CleveLand Browns ~ B+
Cincinnati Bengals ~ B+
Baltimore Ravens ~ A
OakLand Raiders ~ A+
San Diego Chargers ~ D
Kansas City Chiefs ~ B
Denver Broncos ~ D
Planet Hoosten ~ B+
JacksonVille Jaguars ~ B+
Tennessee Titans ~ C
Indianapolis Colts ~ A+
Philadelphia Eagles ~ D-
Washington RedSkins ~ B+
Dallas CowBoys ~ C
New York Giants ~ D
Detroit Lions ~ B+
Minnesota Vikings ~ F-
Chicago Bears ~ B
Green Bay Packers ~ A
Seattle SeaHawks ~ A
San Fransisco Miners ~ A+
Saint Louis Rams ~ A-
Arizona Cardinals ~ B
Atlanta Falcons ~ C+
Carolina Panthers ~ C-
New Orleans Saints ~ A-
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ~ C-