NFL Draft: Bengals Needs and Who Could Fill Them

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As the offseason rolls on, the NFL Draft looms closer, and we have the inevitable question of who will go where starts to be asked. Who will each team take? Who will be the next big thing out of the draft? All of these questions will be answered over time. Let’s talk about the Bengals for a minute. There are quite a few needs: linebacker, safety, running back, and maybe a defensive end or a receiver for depth.

Who will these players be, though? What will the Bengals fill first? Here is my take:


January 01, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) is sacked by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) during the second half of the Capital One bowl at The Citrus Bowl. Georgia defeated Nebraska 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

Yet another UGA player will be drafted, and yet again, he is good. Along with fellow linebacker Jarvis Jones, Ogletree made this linebacking corps one of, if not the best in the nation. He has great size and speed, and he hardly ever misses a tackle. It would be a pretty big upgrade to our linebacking corp. with a better linebacking corps comes more pressure on a QB, more sacks and a better run defense.


Matt Elam, S, Florida

Reggie Nelson is a very great safety, but he can’t do all of this himself. Chris Crocker is up there in age. Matt Elam is that help. His highlights are great, and at times unbelievable. He hits hard and has a good vertical leap.  That Florida defense was GREAT, and Elam was a big part of it.

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