Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft Needs: Running Backs

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It appears that the Bengals are a few positions away from being a serious contender in the wide open AFC. We have, in the past two years, had the same record as the Super Bowl Champs if that tells you anything (9-7 in 2o11, the Giants won the Super Bowl, and 10-6, the Ravens won in 2012). The problem is that we are getting kicked out of the playoffs in the first round. We have a decent QB in Andy Dalton, a virtual god at WR in A.J. Green, and a very good front seven, with highly underrated corners who only gave up 100 yards receiving to one wideout this year. Yeah yeah, all that is good, but why do we keep getting knocked out in the first round? Well, our running game, or lack thereof, seems to disappear in the playoffs. Big plays seem to be coming at will for our opponents, both in the air and on the ground. I found the answers for those big play problems in the previous articles, with safeties and linebackers, and now it is time for this “running game.”

There are plenty out there. You have speed, power, and both, whichever you prefer. Could we go with the touchdown king Montee Ball, or Gio Bernard, the speedster and monster both in the running and return games? Here are my top three:

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