1st round pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 7, 2013: Defensive back Darqueze Dennard #31 of the Michigan State Spartans breaks up a pass intended for receiver Devin Smith #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Spartans won 34-24. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
What they are saying:
Paul Dehner Jr, Enquirer: Few mock drafts predicted Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard would fall all the way to No. 24, but the Bengals were certainly thrilled he did.
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com: The first pick in this draft was the hard one for the Bengals. Because of the depth of the next few rounds, they think the draft has plenty of options in rounds two to five. It’s why they held on to those fourth- and fifth-rounds picks when the temptation burned. to trade up and steal Michigan State cornerback Darquez Dennard as he slid so tantalizingly close to them
Coley Harvey, ESPN.com: From his on-field mannerisms, to his physical style of play, to his soft-spoken yet still assertive way of talking, so much about Dennard reminded the two coaches of Hall, one of their veteran cornerbacks who is in the final stages of rehabilitation from an injury that cut short his 2013 season.
Kevin Goheen, FoxSportsOhio: The Bengals wish was granted Thursday night. Dennard was still on the board."He happened to fall to No. 24 to us," said Guenther. "It was a no-brainer at that point for us."
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Quote of the Night
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 30: Darqueze Dennard #31 of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during player introductions prior to the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Spartan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Golden Gophers 14-3. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)