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Bengals select Darqueze Dennard No. 24 overall


In need of some youth at cornerback, the Bengals selected one of the top prospects at the position on Thursday night, taking Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard No. 24 overall in Round One.

Dennard (5-10, 199) won the Jim Thorpe Award as college football’s outstanding defensive back in 2013, intercepting four passes for the Spartans. He also earned All-American honors.

Dennard joins Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick  on the Bengals’ cornerback depth chart. With such experience on hand, the Bengals may have the luxury to slowly work in Dennard, but the club has been willing to play rookies right off the bat in Marvin Lewis’ tenure as head coach. Also, Hall is recovering from his second Achilles injury since 2011.

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24 Responses to “Bengals select Darqueze Dennard No. 24 overall”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: May 8, 2014 11:05 PM

    Good pick.

    NOW… get Andy Dalton a center, a guard, and a REAL #2 wide receiver.

  2. oruacat2 says: May 8, 2014 11:05 PM

    I like it!

  3. bengalsbilly says: May 8, 2014 11:08 PM

    Best on the board (if you believe the “experts”) and a need – good pick.

  4. bengalskuta82 says: May 8, 2014 11:09 PM

    Awesome. Mike Brown is good at what he does on draft day.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: May 8, 2014 11:10 PM

    Damn, I was hoping he’d fall to the Pats.

  6. GenXJay says: May 8, 2014 11:11 PM

    excellent pick…way better player than haha.

  7. stl333 says: May 8, 2014 11:12 PM

    Great value

  8. ridnaway says: May 8, 2014 11:16 PM

    Great pick! Coach Giggles must have had MikeyBoy tied up in a corner with a shiny object.

  9. bengalguy says: May 8, 2014 11:20 PM

    Gotta be gettin used to this HATERS!!!!! CINCINNATI drafts well…..its becoming a trend!
    WHO DEY!!!!

  10. thereyougo2 says: May 8, 2014 11:21 PM

    Eagles wanted him so they traded down. Good pick Bengals.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: May 8, 2014 11:21 PM

    bengalskuta… the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t begin drafting CONSISTENTLY WELL until Marvin Lewis was hired.

    mike browns 1990’s picks were jokes and busts more often than Willies and Dillons.

  12. cfballfan1 says: May 8, 2014 11:31 PM

    Cinch fans – you will be happy w/ Dennard. Sparty fan, so I’ve watched every game he’s started.

    Tough as nails, good speed, and he will fight for the ball.


  13. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2014 11:43 PM

    Steelers need a corner and they passed on this guy. Inevitable future bust.

  14. bensstinkyfingers says: May 8, 2014 11:50 PM

    And, they still won’t make it past first round of playoffs until they are smart enough o realize Dalton will not bring them a Lombardi! welcome back to the bottom of the AFC North kids.

  15. natijim235 says: May 9, 2014 12:07 AM

    i’m an OSU football + huge Bengal fan – sparty has been good to the bengals…..peko

  16. realfootballfan says: May 9, 2014 12:52 AM

    Steal at this pick. Bengals make the right pick every year nowadays.

  17. vincentbojackson says: May 9, 2014 1:15 AM

    Good value pick at 24. However, it is a concern that so many teams with CB needs passed on him. Good physical tackler, but doesn’t have great speed you’d like to see.

  18. CowboyErik says: May 9, 2014 3:02 AM

    drafted a corner recovering from a 2nd torn Achilles tendon injury? Guys don’t come back right from 1 ruptured achilles tendon injury let alone 2

  19. billh1947 says: May 9, 2014 6:00 AM

    “excellent pick…way better player than haha.” Now just how do you figure that,maybe because he was picked by your team,if your team had picked haha you would be saying just the is a safety and the other is a corner back, both are very good at their respective positions.

  20. coachbeck says: May 9, 2014 6:56 AM

    The Steelers not drafting him and the Bengals taking him just solidifies that he will be a stud.

    He and fuller were their top choices. They like complete corners.

  21. bblocker68 says: May 9, 2014 11:59 AM

    If that was true, they wouldn’t have drafted Shazier.

  22. essentialsausage says: May 9, 2014 12:59 PM

    The Lions should have drafted him.

  23. mookfromcincy says: May 9, 2014 5:41 PM

    Awesome choice here! I also agree, that our drafting has improved with Marvin Lewis here, but would also like to mention that the addition of Duke Tobin in our scouting department, has a lot to do with why we’ve been graded so high on our drafting since 2009.

    I can’t wait to see what we do in rounds 2 and 3. What do we do here? Lots of good running backs on the board from the SEC. There are even a few really good tackles available also.

    That said, many of you may recall, that our run offense drastically improved when we moved Whitworth to left guard. Plus consider he’s 33 now, and his left knee isn’t what it was. Perhaps we could land a really good tackle for the left side, and move Whitworth back to left guard again?

    I’m not saying he can’t play left tackle effectively anymore. Just looking at the bigger picture. I wish we could have kept Anthony Collins (only tackle in the NFL last year to not give up a sack, 7 in total), but you can’t keep them all $$$$$$$

    Let the excitement begin in less than two hours :-)!

  24. ampatsisahypocrite says: May 10, 2014 3:14 AM

    Nice pick. Now, if only the Bengals had a quarterback they’d be a real threat to win a playoff game.

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