In case you have not heard, the Bengals got four "compensatory" picks. This is consistent with the Bengals plan of "building through the draft." The team now has 11 picks, yes still only three full time scouts. You try and find the logic there. (hint: there is none) The always wise and blunt, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, calls out the Bengals spin machine. He directs this zinger at Mike Brown, "The only reason that they have compensatory picks is because they choose not to pay the draft picks and veterans who have performed well for them, and likewise spend limited amounts on other peoples' free agents. Amen brother. More analysis after the jump.
In a very Bengal like fashion they focus on players obtained through compensatory picks, such as WDR favorite Chinnedum Ndukwe and "maybe too early to say it but we all know it's true" Bust Andre Caldwell. However, as every person who has ever taken Econ 101 knows, "There is no such thing as a free lunch." Florio analyzes what the Bengals have given up to obtain these extra picks. These four picks (3rd, 6th and two in the 7th) are because the Bengals gave up Landon Johnson, Justin Smith, Bryan Robinson, Alex Stepanovich, and Madieu Williams. The Bengals signed only Antwan Odom.
Some great trade-offs in Bengal Free Agent/Compensatory pick include:
Andre Caldwell (97th pick) to compensate the loss of Eric Steinbech - Epic Fail
Landon Johnson (96th pick) for the loss of Takeo Spikes - Fail
And to conclude, the team cites other "notable" late round picks. TJ was a 7th round pick, yes we know, you need to move on from this. One great pick 8 years ago. Brad St. Louis? You mean the long snapper who failed at his one and only job when the playoffs was on the line. And Ethen Kilmer? That has to be a joke. So the Bengals now have four extra picks to screw up, I can not wait.