2A: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina:
The Bengals need an upgrade in the RB position. Bernard is exactly that. He is quick, elusive, and would definitely be the speed back the Bengals have been looking for. He missed two games this season, but still ranked 11th in the nation with a 122.8 yards per game. He also has a league best 19 TDs this season (12 rushing, 5 receiving, 2 punt returns). He allows the Bengals to get rid of Brandon Tate and have someone return kicks while it seems Bernard Scott. Bernard has a very high ceiling, and has a chance of increasing his stock at the combine. Also, he wouldn’t have to start right away his rookie season. He could sit behind the BenJarvus Green-Ellis for a year, learn, and be a change of pace back for a time period. But this guy is our future at RB, and rightfully so.
2B: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia:
Bacarri Rambo is the ball-hawking safety the Bengals defense needs. We have seen a lot of dropped INTs this season, and Rambo does not do that. He is versatile enough to play opposite of Reggie Nelson in the safety position, and would add another dynamic to Zimmer’s defense. Rambo is also very good friends with AJ Green, so I would not be worried about any of the red flags Rambo has. Rambo is very instinctive, and has even come up big in big time matchups (watch the Florida game). Rambo was also arguably the best safety coming out of last year’s draft, but decided to stay another year. Red flags (which are minor IMO) have dropped his stock, but still a great player.
3: Sean Porter, OLB Texas A&M:
Another linebacker? Yes. Sean Porter played a lot more coverage this year, and was pretty decent with it. He is a much better pass rusher, but they changed up defenses this year. Porter has shown he can be versatile in the LB corp. He’s very underrated, but if you watch him play, he actually is quite solid. Would help this team out in coverage very well, but also adds a great dynamic in pass rushing. Many people want Khaseem Greene (as do I), but I don’t see him falling. Porter is most likely the best OLB right now.