NFL Draft: Bengals Could Go Wide Receiver In First Round

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Oct 13, 2012; Shreveport, LA, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs wide receiver Quinton Patton (4) makes a leaping catch during the game against the Texas A


Linebacker, safety, and runningback are the most common answers when you ask any Bengals fan what their teams’ biggest needs are entering the 2013 offseason. All three positions are lacking and upgrading those three spots could help Cincinnati ascend into Super Bowl contention next year.

But what about receiver? After rookie Mohamed Sanu went down with a season-ending foot injury, the Bengals were unable to find a legitimate #2 receiver to compliment the All-Pro A.J. Green. Adding another dynamic and explosive playmaker to the receiving corp could be exactly what the doctor ordered for an offense that couldn’t get into the endzone down the stretch of the 2012 season.

Russ Lande of the national Football Post has conducted his most recent mock draft with the Bengals going receiver in the first-round.  selecting Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton.

A.J. Green has developed into a premier receiver, but the Bengals need to find other weapons for Andy Dalton to throw to if their offense is going to take the next step. Patton has rare acceleration and speed for a 6’0 receiver and after his display at the Senior Bowl I do not think anyone questions his hands and ability to play at a high level in the NFL.

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