NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals in need of Safety Help

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September 22, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

Matt Elam, Florida
When I was looking at his stats, the first thing I noticed was the fact that he is tackling machine. He had 10 against Tennessee, and 11 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Louisville (thanks to espn.com for the stats). He is a ball hawk with 4 interceptions on the year. He is a solid tackler and is pretty good with run support. That Florida defense was great, and he was a huge part of it.

 

Dec 3, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Eric Reid (1) against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half of the 2011 SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

Eric Reid, LSU
At the beginning of 2012, he was #1 on Bleacher Report’s top-15 safeties. He is another tackling machine with three games with double-digit tackles. Although not an interception specialist, he is a solid coverage safety.

With safety being, in my eyes, the biggest void that the Bengals have. Big plays were a problem for this team, and these 3 safeties could help Reggie Nelson limit those big plays.

 

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