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NFL Draft: Bengals Needs and Who Could Fill Them

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Sept 1, 2012; Stillwater Ok, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (1) runs in for the touchdown against Savannah State Tigers defensive back Vaughn Cornelia (9) and defensive back Edward Baety (48) during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

 

Joseph Randle, RB, Okla St.

Let’s face it, it took entirely too long for BenJarvus Green-Ellis to get going. He also isn’t really an explosive back, or an every down back in my opinion. He is great, as a sort yardage or a 3rd Down back. My every down back? Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle. This young man is explosive. He is very fast, and he is very strong for a RB. He makes people miss and can run right through them when he is in the open field.

 

Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

While the Bengals might have a great defensive line, we still need depth. What happens if Michael Johnson or Carlos Dunlap gets hurt? Dion Jordan is a solid defensive end who doesn’t get much credit because of all the attention on that offense in Eugene. While he may not be a starter, he would still be solid as a pass rusher.

 

Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

A.J. Green is a great wide receiver, but he can’t do it all, and Andy Dalton’s job isn’t getting any easier with only Green to throw to. We need a #2 receiver, and Bailey could fit that bill. He is the epitome of a deep threat. He’s fast; he can jump; he gets open. While he may drop a few, he is a great option as a number 2.

 

Brad Wing, P, LSU

Remember that fake punt in which the punter motored nearly 60 yards to the end zone in 2011? THIS IS THAT GUY!!! Yes, he is very fast, but he has a great leg. He averages 44.6 YPP over his career at LSU, with a long of 73.

 

Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

Depth at corner is needed, and our corners are getting kinda old. Plug in honey badger, and you have a pretty nice addition both in the return game and against the pass. The 2011 Heisman Finalist has had off field issues, which worries me, and is why his draft stock has plummeted. If you take away the off-the-field issues, and you could have a diamond in the rough.

The Bengals are a couple of holes away from being a serious Super Bowl contender, and this draft may just be what the team needs. 2013 will be a fun year to watch.

 

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