How do Bengals draft picks compare to their Pro Football Focus rankings?

Cincinnati Bengals fans who are also Pro Football Focus devotees are probably pretty happy with the 2017 draft.

The Bengals ended up with four of the site’s top 34 prospects, including three of the top 19.

Marvin Lewis and Co. chose seven players from PFF’s final top 300 and got five of them in draft slots better than their ranking.

The biggest factor in this apparent value grab was edge defenders Jordan Willis of Kansas State and Carl Lawson of Auburn.

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during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Credit: Marcus Hartman

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during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Credit: Marcus Hartman

Credit: Marcus Hartman

PFF ranked them No. 14 and 14, respectively, overall but they ended up being available in the third and fourth rounds at No. 73 and 116.

They also got Michigan defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow 24 spots higher than his ranking (114) while Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was ranked 34th and chosen 48th.

On the flip side, both receivers the Bengals drafted were taken at slots below than their ranking.

Washington receiver John Ross, taken ninth, was ranked 19th while Tennessee's Josh Malone was ranked 150th and drafted at 128.

Source: PFF's 2017 NFL draft recap for all 32 teams | PFF

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