Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph were arguably the best CB tandem in the league. Joseph had the combination of size, strength, and athleticism for a perimeter defender. He was the perfect compliment to Leon Hall. He is explosive, quick, and sharp out of his breaks. He gets off the ground well. He reads plays well in zone. He can stay on a receiver’s hip in man coverage. He is a solid in run-support and a reliable tackler in the open field. The Bengals missed that last season.
Nate Clements came in last season and performed admirably in place of Joseph. However, his age is catching up with him. Eventually a shift to FS is inevitable if he wishes to extend his career much longer. They’ve added Terence Newman and Jason Allen as well as re-signed Adam Jones. The now have an incredible wealth of veteran leadership and depth. This could allow them to possibly focus else where in the first round of 2012 NFL Draft. The concern arises with the health of Leon Hall. These signings should help safe guard them if Hall has a set back. If Hall is progressing as the team has hinted at, then there will be no first round CB in Cincinnati.