This is where free agency comes into play. There are lots of solid free agents on the market this year and look for the Bengals to make a splash. If the Bengals are serious about pursuing a big time 2nd receiver opposite A.J. Green, then they need to show they are serious about spending and, for the right price, sweeten the deal with the 53rd overall pick. Who knows? With over $55 million in cap space, the Bengals may not need to sacrifice that pick and put both the cap space and 53rd overall pick to good use.
Cincinnati might have issues here and there that need fixed before next season, but feasibly every one of them can be fixed before training camp. This isn’t the 2011 draft, coming off of a 4-12 season with a quarterback who announced he was done, and trading Ochocinco. The Bengals are coming off of back to back playoff appearances, back to back winning seasons and a situation where expectations are higher than ever. There are enough quality position players available all over this year’s draft that nothing less than an excellent draft should be expected, and with two second round picks, nothing is off limits for this team.