Bengals Draft Day 2 - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Bengals Draft Day 2

CINCINNATI (AP) - Carlos Dunlap insisted he's learned from his

costly DUI arrest. The Cincinnati Bengals believed him.

The Bengals chose the defensive end from Florida in the second

round Friday, looking to get another lineman who can rush the

quarterback. They're aware this one must grow up before he can grow

into a regular role with one of the league's emerging defenses.

"He's going to know from when he comes in here tomorrow what

kind of guy we want in this program," defensive coordinator Mike

Zimmer said. "He'll know right off the get-go."

The 6-foot-6, 277-pound defensive end missed the Southeastern

Conference title game following a drunken driving arrest on Dec. 1.

Gainesville police found him passed out behind the wheel at an

intersection, prompting the school to suspend him. He was

reinstated three weeks later and had two sacks in a Sugar Bowl win

over Cincinnati.

Dunlap pleaded no contest to driving under the influence on Jan.

29, got a year's probation and 50 hours of community service.

The court case, his practice habits and a penchant for easing up

during games gave teams pause and had analysts rating him as no

better than a second-round pick.

"Hey, they're going to talk about a lot of things," Dunlap

said, after going to Cincinnati with the 54th overall pick. "Right

now, I'm just taking all that in as motivation and looking forward

to my NFL career and proving everyone wrong."

The Bengals followed a theme in the opening three rounds of the

draft: improve the passing game and get another pass rusher.

They took tight end Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma in the first

round on Thursday, giving quarterback Carson Palmer another

down-the-field option. A day later, they brought in another

receiver by taking Jordan Shipley from Texas with the first of

their two picks in the third round.

Shipley set school records with 116 catches for 1,485 yards last

season. He also returned punts and kickoffs.

The Bengals' passing game has struggled the last two seasons.

They got rid of Laveranues Coles after 2009 and signed Antonio

Bryant as his replacement. Chad Ochocinco is heading into the final

year on his deal. There's not much experience behind them.

The Bengals took Shipley with the 84th overall pick. Cleveland

took Texas quarterback Colt McCoy with the next pick, setting up a

potentially awkward situation for two Longhorns now divided between

the intrastate rivals.

"That might take a little while (to get used to)," Shipley

said. "But I'm working on that a little bit."

Cincinnati took cornerback Brandon Ghee from Wake Forest with

their compensatory pick at the end of the third round. Ghee ran the

fastest 40-yard dash time at the scouting combine - 4.39 seconds -

but had only one interception in 33 career starts.

"One in three years - you'd expect more," defensive backs

coach Kevin Coyle said. "That's probably why a guy like this is

still here late in the third round."

The Bengals' most intriguing pick of the day was Dunlap, who led

the SEC with 9½ sacks in 2008 and blocked three kicks, including

one during a 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS title game. He had

nine sacks last season, when he started at left defensive end.

The Bengals won the AFC North last season with a young defense

that finished fourth in the league. One of its few weaknesses was

an inability to get much pressure on the quarterback from the

middle of the line. Zimmer plans to use Dunlap at a tackle spot

initially.

"One of the things I've talked about in the offseason is

getting more pressure on the quarterback from up the middle,"

Zimmer said.

Dunlap had to convince the Bengals that he wouldn't be a problem

in Cincinnati, which repeatedly got burned by taking high-risk

draft picks in the mid-2000s.

"That was the only incident on my record," Dunlap said.

"Pretty much, I told them that was my first and last incident. I

learned from it. I apologized to everyone."

The Bengals believed him.

"The people that we talked to said the kid is a tremendous

kid," Zimmer said. "He's a 3.0 student. His Wonderlic test was

off the charts high. And everyone we talked to said - 'this is a

one-time shot, the kid made a mistake, he's not this type of guy at

all.' So we really feel from the information we gathered - he made

a mistake."

 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

Powered by Frankly