Posted by Brian Giesenschlag
As the third round of the NFL draft wrapped up at Paul Brown Stadium with the Bengals taking Texas WR Jordan Shipley, I had two thoughts.
One was that Shipley is a solid pick. A great player from a great program who produced against top notch competition.
The second thought? Why not Mardy Gilyard instead of Shipley? After all, the only thing Mike Brown is drawn to as much as players with baggage (Carlos Dunlap) is a local guy like Gilyard.
Shipley and Gilyard are extremely similar in terms of size and speed. Neither is a burner and both have proven big play potential returning kicks and punts.
Here's the difference. Gilyard was mostly a deep threat at UC. That's how they used him most of the time and he has plenty of speed to consistently beat most college corners. He definitely had success with some quick-hitters that he broke for big plays but did most of his damage down the field - something he's not ideally suited for in the NFL.
Shipley is probably more prepared to fit what the Bengals need. He caught more than 100 balls his senior year at Texas and the majority of those completions came on underneath routes. He makes more plays than the average "possession guy" but a "possession guy" is what Carson Palmer desperately needs. Picture Ochocinco and Antonio Bryant on the outside with Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley underneath.
Bonus? Shipley has been a flawless holder for PATs and field goals through high school and college. Anyone remember what an adventure that's been for the Bengals the last several years?
So welcome to Cincinnati, Jordan. And here's hoping Gilyard goes on to excel in St Louis the same way he did at UC.