Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
Analysis: Williams missed the entire season with an injury.
Pick: TE Drew Sample, Washington
Analysis: Sample was considered a reach on Draft Day, and that proved true as he finished the year with 5 receptions for 30 yards. He did this in 9 games with two starts. Ya gotta have more production than that from your second-round choice.
Pick: LB Germaine Pratt, North Carolina State
Analysis: Pratt was well worth the third-round choice. He started 9 games and had 76 tackles on the season.
Pick: QB Ryan Finley, North Carolina State
Analysis: Finley started 3 games and threw for 474 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His play wasn’t great but the fact he started 3 games at quarterback is an impressive feat for a 4th round rookie.
Pick: DT Renell Wren, Arizona State
Analysis: Wren played in 11 games but had just 8 tackles. Not great.
Pick: G Mike Jordan
Analysis: Jordan was active for 13 games and started 9 of those. That is great value for a 4th round pick.
Pick: RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Analysis: Williams was active for 11 games but didn’t produce any stats.
Pick: DeShaun Davis, Auburn
Analysis: Davis was cut by the Bengals and is currently teamless.
Pick: RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
Analysis: Andreson was placed on I.R. and missed his rookie season.
Pick: DB Jordan Brown, South Dakota State
Analysis: Brown was cut by the Bengals and is now the property of the Raiders.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 9/18
The Bengals 2019 Draft class wasn’t very productive in year one. Some of it was because it was bitten by the injury bug. First-round pick Jonah Williams was lost for the season after injuring his shoulder in OTAs. That’s tough to see and while unfair, the fact is he didn’t produce as a rookie, and that is what this grading system is based on. Not only did the Bengals have injury issues in this class, but they also just had some bad choices. Second-round tight end Drew Sample hardly produced. The team thought he’d be able to help out their passing attack right out of the gate, but he caught just five passes. 4th round defensive tackle Renell Wren was also a disappointment. He logged plenty of playing time but could only muster 8 tackles.
There were some good things in this class in year one that the Bengals can be excited about. Third round linebacker Germaine Pratt looks like a player. He had an impressive 76 tackles as a rookie. They also appeared to find a starter at guard in Ohio State’s Mike Jordan. Fellow 4th rounder, QB Ryan Finley started three games, and while he didn’t light the world on fire, he showed promise and should be developed into the Bengals backup. This grade should go up over time. When Jonah Williams returns, he’ll be inserted into the starting lineup. Hopefully, for the Bengals, the lights will come on for Drew Sample and Rennel Wren and they can contribute numbers worthy of their draft position in year two. This class will probably never reach the level of being a great one, but it could be looked back on as solid if a few more players start to contribute.