Breaking down the Bengals Current NFL Draft Needs

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September 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods (2) runs the ball against the California Golden Bears during the first half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

WR: Unlike some people, I find this as a need. Although Andrew Hawkins has stepped up, Binns has essentially been a rookie and although he has good measurables, it all depends on how he plays. He hasn’t been lighting it up, and some people believe it’s because Dalton goes to Hawkins or Jermaine Gresham after AJ Green, but it may be alarming that his #2 WR is his 4th passing option. Bengals may be able to go with BPA with their Oakland pick and come with a solid WR, which could very easily be Robert Woods. Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones will have to step up and show the Bengals not to draft another WR. This is going to be a position to watch throughout the season.

Verdict: Draft need.

Potential Players: Robert Woods, DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Matthews


TE: Jermaine Gresham and Orson Charles pretty much have this position all locked up. Don’t expect the Bengals to draft a TE.

Verdcit: Not a draft need

Possible Players: None


OT: Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are one of the best OT duos in the NFL right now. Unless Smith goes away in free agency, it’s unlikely this position will be touched until later in the draft. Expect an improvement over Dennis Roland, however.

Verdict: Late draft need (with possibility of being early)

Possible Players: Justin Pugh, James Hurst


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