Going into the new season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ main concern is the linebacker position. There’s no need to elaborate on this since there are already thousands of discussions of this kind on the web. The question now is, going into the draft, will the Bengals go for talent or necessity? The Bengals found success in the draft for the past two years. It experienced an improvement that is as fast as the sales of NFL London tickets. In 2011, the team picked AJ Green and Andy Dalton for their top two picks. Both guys played well in their last season’s campaign. A year later, it nabbed Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict who was last year’s team leader in tackles with 127. After these acquisitions, the Paul Brown Stadium-based team made back to back playoff appearances for the first time. The future looks bright for them but the linebacker position may get in the way. One name to consider is British linebacker Tom Wort. There’s not much fanfare about this senior Oklahoma Sooners. However, many predict that he is going to have a fruitful NFL career because he was still able to excel despite his team’s focus on passes. He was able to make 53 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in his 33 starts this season.
The Bengals’ dire need for linebacker can either be resolved through the draft or free agents. Tom Wort may not be the first priority but he has so much to offer in the table. Aside from filling the void in LB position, he can also help widen the team’s fan base since he is one of the few British players to make it big in American football in the USA. But of course, the team’s future is what’s more important. Bengal fans are waiting for what will happen come April 25.