Bengals Stand Out; Saints Flunk

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The Cincinnati Bengals have been the punch line for a lot of jokes, many of those aimed at owner/general manager Mike Brown.

The Bengals have a skimpy scouting staff and other teams privately laugh at how they refuse to spend bigger on scouting.

Maybe Mike Brown has it right. After all, his team had the best draft of any of the 32 NFL teams this year.

I gave the Bengals an A+, a three-day pick-a-thon that netted them a lot of good football players. It helped that they had extra picks because of their trade of Carson Palmer to the Raiders last year, but it's what they did with all those picks that truly impressed.

I see the Bengals adding 10 solid football players, all with a chance to make the team, even sixth-round running back Dan Herron from Ohio State. Top pick Dre' Kirkpatrick will likely be a...

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