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Team needs: Cincinnati Bengals

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Last year, the Bengals hit a pair of home runs with their first-round and second-round picks, snaring receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton.  This year, with an extra first-round pick thanks to the trade of a quarterback who was never going to play for the Bengals again, Marvin Lewis and comany have a chance to push the franchise to heights not seen since the days of Boomer Esiason.  To get there, the Bengals will need to address several key areas of need.

Running back:  Cedric Benson is gone, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis needs help.  The dilemma for the Bengals will be to determine how high soon the position should be addressed, given the rash of talented players available in later rounds and/or after the draft ends.  Bernard Scott had been a capable backup for Benson, but a 3.4-yard average in 2011 is troubling.  Ideally, the Bengals would find a Darren Sproles-type complement — or, for the old folks like me, the next James Brooks.

Cornerback:  Even with Adam Jones back and Terence Newman in the fold, the Bengals need help — young help — at this suddenly critical position, given the proliferation of passing.  Newman is 33 and Nate Clements is 32 and every cornerback other than 24-year-old Brandon Ghee is at least 27.  With Leon Hall coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon, a guy like Janoris Jenkins will be tempting with the second first-round pick.  If he slips through to the 53rd overall spot in round two, it would be a shock if the Bengals don’t take him.

Defensive end:  In addition to covering the receivers, putting the quarterback on his rear end gives the defense the best chance of stopping the passing game.  They’ve signed a couple of former first-round busts in Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson, which at best offsets the departure of Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker.  Using a first-round pick on a defensive end who can bust a quarterback’s chops (legally) would do much more to help the Bengals find a way to the top of the division — and to the top of the conference.  One of those two first-round picks should be used on a guy like Nick Perry or Whitney Mercilus.

Receiver:  After Green, the depth chart looks like a half-empty kiddie pool.  Brandon Tate and Jordan Shipley and several nobodies.  With Green certain to attract double coverage continuously in 2012, the Bengals need someone who can take advantage of single coverage.  Ideally, they would have gotten someone via free agency.  But still reeling from the failed Antonio Bryant experiment (and still, you know, cheap), the Bengals didn’t sign one of the many available veteran wideouts.  They need to use one or two draft picks on a receiver.  (Unless they plan to re-sign T.O.)

Tight end:  As more and more teams have moved toward having a pair of pass-catching tight ends on the field at any given time, the Bengals should get someone they can put across the line from Jermaine Gresham.  The problem is that there aren’t many capable tight ends in this year’s draft, which could cause some teams to reach.  Which is something the Bengals, to their credit, don’t often do.

The Bengals have the foundation to contend in 2012 and beyond.  And if they come away from the 2012 draft with even one player who has the impact on the team that Green and Dalton had in 2011, they’ll be back in the playoffs, again.

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  1. dlew2191 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:38 PM

    I’m done reading these. In the Chargers one, you said Antwan Barnes (11 sacks) isn’t a pass rusher and here you call Jerome Simpson a nobody.

  2. Mike Florio says: Apr 18, 2012 11:39 PM

    Jerome Simpson isn’t a nobody. He’s also not currently a Bengal.

  3. dlew2191 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:41 PM

    Ahh, nice catch. Sorry I thought Silva wrote this lol.

  4. ohiost4141 says: Apr 18, 2012 11:53 PM

    Florio,

    You probably should mention they have Jason Allen at CB too.

    Also, at WR Andrew Hawkins showed a lot last year and isn’t a “nobody”. Even last year’s 6th rd Pick from Stanford, WR Ryan Whalen contributed late in the season.

    And safety is a bigger need than defensive end. Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, and Robert Geathers is a solid top 3. Those signings you mentioned are then the depth behind them.

    Yes, they’ll probably take a DE in the draft, but I wouldn’t bet they would until around round 3 or 4.

    Other than starter Reggie Nelson, the Bengals are looking at Taylor Mays or a pick from last year’s draft Robert Sands.

    I could see them taking Mark Barron.

  5. cincybert says: Apr 18, 2012 11:55 PM

    As an old guy myself, I like the idea of the Bengals finding the next James Brooks. Isiah Pead from the Univ. of Cincinnati could be a late second or third round pick who fits that role.

  6. dannyalanbishop says: Apr 18, 2012 11:57 PM

    Jerome Simpson is not what the bengals need but I agree…Offensive Guard is one our top 3 most glaring needs way more over than DE & TE and you can make the same case when our safety group consists of Reggie Nelson (solid), Taylor Mays (2nd Yr), Robert Sands (inactive every game) Jeromy Miles (special teams)…

  7. superbowlseahawks says: Apr 19, 2012 12:04 AM

    A QB that isn’t a ginger. They have no souls.

  8. sellout3871 says: Apr 19, 2012 1:06 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DRAFT DECASTRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. itsmebobd says: Apr 19, 2012 1:08 AM

    Bengals REAL needs from a competent bengals fan:
    In order of need/relevance

    GUARD : Bobbie Williams is either retiring or not going to bounce back from injury. Clint Boling may be ready to step in this year, but nobody is certain.
    Look for David Decastro, if on the board, to be the first pick the bengals make

    Middle Linebacker : Rey Mauluga can’t stay out of trouble apparently, and the guy need to be moved back to strong side backer, where he fits best. He hasn’t shown the ability to step up to the MLB role consistently, and Marvin lewis has had something like 18 diff linebackers in his tenure, not to mention we draft one every year. Look for Luke Kuelchy to be a surprising 1st round pick out of the bengals, and Marvin just may have found his ray lewis he had in baltimore (no i’m not saying Luke Kuelchy is the next ray lewis, a hall of famer for SURE, just saying thats what marvins looking for and he could easily be a very solid rookie at the position, something we havent had since odell thurman)

    Safety : Safety is Reggie Nelson, who revived his career in cincy and decided to come back, great news for the bengals. Safety also barely edged out corner and WR for next on the list. I wouldn’t see the bengals taking barron in the 1st round, Between mays and sands they may think they have the solution.

    Corner/Wide Receiver :

    Corner: Leon hall may be headed for the PUP, and that may be why they tried so hard to find a corner in the FA market. The old guys jennings and newman are a bandaid to get through this year, and I can easily see them taking a corner in the first round. If not, look for the honey badger tyron matheui to be their 2nd round pick. Or one of a couple first rounders who should still be on the board come the time the bengals pick at 17.

    Wide Receiver : Jerome Simpson has got to be the most inconsistent wide receiver in the NFL. Some games he has upwards of 100 yards receiving with a TD, and 5-8 catches. Other games he just completely disappears. With AJ Green at #1 receiver, look for Jordan Shipley to be the 2nd target, although he may still play the slot. Armon Binns has impressed the coaches BIG TIME last year and was even considered to possibly start the playoff game. Andrew “Baby hawk” Hawkins produced well every time he got on the field, and every time the ball came his way he seemed to catch it and then run for another 10 yards.

    Running Back :
    Jay Gruden has already said he may in fact be doing a RB by committee this year, the LawFirm isn’t all he’s cracked up to be, and I think there will be a strong training camp battle between Ben Jarvis Green Ellis and Bernard Scott. Trent Richardson if on the board at 17, is the pick, and I personally think we should draft Lamar Miller in the 2nd, perhaps trading some picks to move up in the 2nd. Isiah Pead, David Wilson are another couple of good prospects.

    This, is from the heart and mind of a dedicated bengals fan! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DEYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  10. fmdragons59 says: Apr 19, 2012 1:17 AM

    Trade for Felix Jones. You all seem to like former Cowboys. There are rumors and I’m a Boys fan.
    Note: Take Doug Martin with one of your pics..

  11. Vegas Guy says: Apr 19, 2012 1:23 AM

    ” (and still, you know, cheap),”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. How’s that Salary Cap number coming? Bengals still #1?

  12. itsmebobd says: Apr 19, 2012 1:42 AM

    *** IN RESPONSE TO ***
    superbowlseahawks says:
    Apr 19, 2012 12:04 AM
    A QB that isn’t a ginger. They have no souls.

    4 11
    ************************************
    Really? Man, some of you idiots take southpark too far. Not to mention this same idiotic joke has been said here on PFT about 50 times. If you’re going to be a jerkoff idiot, do it on your pathetic seahawks message board! In the end, just go away, nobody but a small immature minority thinks you’re even remotely funny!

  13. henson58 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:18 AM

    superbowlseahawks your just upset you have 2 qbs which means you have no qb that’s why your trying to hate on Dalton.

  14. cdwains says: Apr 19, 2012 11:55 AM

    With the signing of Bell and Wharton, and then young guys on the bench like Bolling and Hudson, I could see them going with Wharton and any of the other 3 guys at guard, and then drafting a guard in rounds 4-7. Corner is another position widely considered a top priority, and currently they have Allan, Clements, Ghee, Hall, Jones & Newman. With Clements, Jones & Newman all UFA’s after this year, and the uncertainty of guys like Hall (injury), and Ghee (level of play), you can see where CB is with out question going to be one of there top 2 picks. Running back is another position that has been targeted. The only RB they would take in round 1 would be Richardson, and he should be long gone by 17. They plan to use a RB by committee approach, and with the Lawfirm, B Scott, B Leonard on the roster, some people would say they are set at RB. I would argue that none of three get me excited and this is definitely a position that could use an infusion of talent. I would say they will go RB in round 2, 3, or 4. More than likely it will be on day three of the draft. Another position where the Bengals have been lacking for quite a long time is the safety position. While Nelson emerged last year, and can be penciled in as a starter, Mays, Sands & Miles all have some holes in there game and probably cant be counted on consistently. Barron if available might be the pick at at 17, that would give them a pretty solid safety combination. Finally the WR position has been discussed quite a bit, and while many outsiders believe the cupboard is empty behind A.J. Green, I think people that know this team would argue that. Shipley was a very solid slot wr in 2010, and his replacement Hawkins was a very solid and could compete for the spot at #3 wr. the #2 wr is the biggest question mark, while all reports are that the team is very high on former UC standout Armon Binns as a possible #2. Tate, Whalon and Hazleton will all get a look here. I would not anticipate the Bengals going WR with any of there first 3 picks, unless Floyd is there, and even then Marvin Lewis has had his fill of Diva WR’s and I cant see them bringing him in. In my opinion I see them looking for secondary help with possibly 2 of their top 3 picks especially if Barron is there at 17. If not they will get a CB in round one and they really could go any direction with their other pick. Ths really will be a different kind of draft for the Bengals. They will be taking the best player on their board with just about every pick.

  15. henson58 says: Apr 19, 2012 12:07 PM

    superbowlseahawks I was wrong its worse than I thought seahawks have 3 qbs so yeah u really have no qb. I don’t think any seahawks fan should be commenting about any teams qb needs. Especially a teams qb who was a rookie to his team to the playoffs and played in the pro bowl

  16. workshed556 says: Apr 19, 2012 12:16 PM

    The biggest need is in the offensive line. They need more toughness. They should take a guard in the first 2 rounds.

  17. ptownstripes says: Apr 19, 2012 1:27 PM

    itsmebobd says:
    Apr 19, 2012 1:08 AM

    Bengals REAL needs from a competent bengals fan:
    In order of need/relevance

    GUARD : Bobbie Williams is either retiring or not going to bounce back from injury. Clint Boling may be ready to step in this year, but nobody is certain.
    Look for David Decastro, if on the board, to be the first pick the bengals make

    Middle Linebacker : Rey Mauluga can’t stay out of trouble apparently, and the guy need to be moved back to strong side backer, where he fits best. He hasn’t shown the ability to step up to the MLB role consistently, and Marvin lewis has had something like 18 diff linebackers in his tenure, not to mention we draft one every year. Look for Luke Kuelchy to be a surprising 1st round pick out of the bengals, and Marvin just may have found his ray lewis he had in baltimore (no i’m not saying Luke Kuelchy is the next ray lewis, a hall of famer for SURE, just saying thats what marvins looking for and he could easily be a very solid rookie at the position, something we havent had since odell thurman)

    Safety : Safety is Reggie Nelson, who revived his career in cincy and decided to come back, great news for the bengals. Safety also barely edged out corner and WR for next on the list. I wouldn’t see the bengals taking barron in the 1st round, Between mays and sands they may think they have the solution.

    Corner/Wide Receiver :

    Corner: Leon hall may be headed for the PUP, and that may be why they tried so hard to find a corner in the FA market. The old guys jennings and newman are a bandaid to get through this year, and I can easily see them taking a corner in the first round. If not, look for the honey badger tyron matheui to be their 2nd round pick. Or one of a couple first rounders who should still be on the board come the time the bengals pick at 17.

    Wide Receiver : Jerome Simpson has got to be the most inconsistent wide receiver in the NFL. Some games he has upwards of 100 yards receiving with a TD, and 5-8 catches. Other games he just completely disappears. With AJ Green at #1 receiver, look for Jordan Shipley to be the 2nd target, although he may still play the slot. Armon Binns has impressed the coaches BIG TIME last year and was even considered to possibly start the playoff game. Andrew “Baby hawk” Hawkins produced well every time he got on the field, and every time the ball came his way he seemed to catch it and then run for another 10 yards.

    Running Back :
    Jay Gruden has already said he may in fact be doing a RB by committee this year, the LawFirm isn’t all he’s cracked up to be, and I think there will be a strong training camp battle between Ben Jarvis Green Ellis and Bernard Scott. Trent Richardson if on the board at 17, is the pick, and I personally think we should draft Lamar Miller in the 2nd, perhaps trading some picks to move up in the 2nd. Isiah Pead, David Wilson are another couple of good prospects.

    This, is from the heart and mind of a dedicated bengals fan! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DEYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    __________________________________
    I was with you somewhat until your BC analysis. First of all, they re-signed Jones, not Jennings, and signed Allen and Newman. Also, Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu is not in this year’s draft, so he won’t be their 2nd round selection this year. Sorry.

  18. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 19, 2012 3:03 PM

    Don’t the Bengals really need help on the line, especially guard? DeCastro would be ideal for them. He might be the closest to a sure thing in this draft. And given what happened in the playoff loss against Houston, I would think Marvin Lewis would need to spend some time learning how to manage his replay challenges a little better (apparently he had studied Andy Reid’s game management manual beforehand).

  19. mac3333 says: Apr 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    Give me Luke Kuechly!!

    If he falls to 17 we sprint to the podium to bring the Cincy kid back home to man the MLB spot for the next decade.

  20. whodeygreg says: Apr 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    cdwains says:
    Apr 19, 2012 11:55 AM
    With the signing of Bell and Wharton, and then young guys on the bench like Bolling and Hudson, I could see them going with Wharton and any of the other 3 guys at guard, and then drafting a guard in rounds 4-7. Corner is another position widely considered a top priority, and currently they have Allan, Clements, Ghee, Hall, Jones & Newman. With Clements, Jones & Newman all UFA’s after this year, and the uncertainty of guys like Hall (injury), and Ghee (level of play), you can see where CB is with out question going to be one of there top 2 picks. Running back is another position that has been targeted. The only RB they would take in round 1 would be Richardson, and he should be long gone by 17. They plan to use a RB by committee approach, and with the Lawfirm, B Scott, B Leonard on the roster, some people would say they are set at RB. I would argue that none of three get me excited and this is definitely a position that could use an infusion of talent. I would say they will go RB in round 2, 3, or 4. More than likely it will be on day three of the draft. Another position where the Bengals have been lacking for quite a long time is the safety position. While Nelson emerged last year, and can be penciled in as a starter, Mays, Sands & Miles all have some holes in there game and probably cant be counted on consistently. Barron if available might be the pick at at 17, that would give them a pretty solid safety combination. Finally the WR position has been discussed quite a bit, and while many outsiders believe the cupboard is empty behind A.J. Green, I think people that know this team would argue that. Shipley was a very solid slot wr in 2010, and his replacement Hawkins was a very solid and could compete for the spot at #3 wr. the #2 wr is the biggest question mark, while all reports are that the team is very high on former UC standout Armon Binns as a possible #2. Tate, Whalon and Hazleton will all get a look here. I would not anticipate the Bengals going WR with any of there first 3 picks, unless Floyd is there, and even then Marvin Lewis has had his fill of Diva WR’s and I cant see them bringing him in. In my opinion I see them looking for secondary help with possibly 2 of their top 3 picks especially if Barron is there at 17. If not they will get a CB in round one and they really could go any direction with their other pick. Ths really will be a different kind of draft for the Bengals. They will be taking the best player on their board with just about every pick.

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    Your reading my mind. There’s only a couple guys that if they’re there, the Bengals will take them at 17 (Richardson – no chance, Barron – my hope) otherwise best available and CB has to be in 1st. The only additional comment I’ll add is the Luke Kuelchy would also be a great add cause I think we still don’t know what we have in Rey.

    Who Dey

  21. cdwains says: Apr 19, 2012 5:22 PM

    whodeygreg

    I completely agree with Luke Kuelchy, I like Thomas Howard, and am anxious to see what Moch can do but not a big fan of Rey or Manny. I would love Kuelchy, but I think if Barron is there he represents a bigger need, and I only say that based on the other safeties on our roster.

  22. whodeygreg says: Apr 19, 2012 8:23 PM

    I’ll throw Muckelroy in that mix too. But if this year’s draft works like last year, Barron falls to the Bengals.

  23. vex24 says: Apr 22, 2012 5:49 PM

    This will be a traditional “Best Player Available” concept by the Cincinnati Bengals; However, the challenge may very well be deciding between very closely board rated players that are on the boards at picks 17 & 21. It would be interesting to witness the near fist fights between the Bengals’ Position Coaches if certain players are still on the boards at 17 & 21. I doubt this scenario, but what if Trent Richardson, DeCastro, Luke Kuechley, Mark Barron & J. Blackmon are still on the board!

  24. originalsteelcurtain says: Apr 25, 2012 3:50 PM

    vex24 wrote: Trent Richardson, DeCastro, Luke Kuechley, Mark Barron & J. Blackmon are still on the board!

    Dream -on!

    Only DeCastro has a slight chance of falling to #17

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