Bengals Draft Michigan Cornerback in 1st Round

NEW YORK (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals hope they've improved their secondary by taking cornerback Leon Hall with the 18th overall pick in today's N-F-L draft.

Hall started 34 games at corner over his last three seasons at Michigan, making him the most experienced available player at the position. He finished with 45 tackles, 18 pass breakups, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior following another outstanding season in 2005. Griffin had three tackles for loss and nine pass breakups as a junior, when he also set a school record with an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The five-eleven, 193-pound Hall has become a natural corner due to his experience and can cover large chunks of the field. He takes few wasted steps and will recognize routes almost immediately. His anticipation is excellent, as is his ability to support the run.

Hall isn't the fastest corner, and he struggled against some of the best receivers late last season. But he is the most polished cornerback in the draft.

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