ICYMI: NFL Draft: 5 players the Cincinnati Bengals Could Target at Pick #21

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Who to take with the 21st overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, at this point is still completely up in the air. Amongst all the fans, draft experts, media, “twitter scouts” and bloggers, everyone seems to have a different opinion on the subject. So I’ve attempted to make a list of five players the Bengals could target with their first round selection.


October 8, 2011; Akron, OH , USA; Akron Zips quarterback Clayton Moore (8) runs during the first quarter as FIU Golden Panthers defensive back Jonathan Cyprien (25) prepares to make the tackle in the game at InfoCision Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jonathan Cyprien, Safety, FIU

Cyprien is 6- foot 217 pounds, and is a rangy playmaker in the secondary. I believe Cyprien is most likely to be the Bengals first round selection. Cyprien will fill a huge need in the secondary, and in my opinion is the best safety in this draft, therefore is a value at pick 21. Cyprien I believe would be a perfect fit under coordinator Mike Zimmer and defensive minded head coach Marvin Lewis. Cyprien would be a starter from day one and provide the Bengals with a playmaker in the backend of the secondary, which is something the team has not had in years.

2. DJ Fluker, Right Tackle/Guard, Alabama

With the seemingly inevitable departure of right tackle Andre Smith, the Bengals might look to soften the blow by taking Fluker. Don’t be surprised if they go that direction. Like Smith, Fluker is a Saban coached mammoth offensive linemen. Fluker is 6-5 310 lbs is complimented with a 7 foot wing span. In my opinion Fluker doesn’t have nearly the athleticism that Andre Smith possesses making him liable in pass protection against the speed rush. Fluker is mauler and would be just as effective as Smith in the run game if not maybe a little better. Fluker is the most popular pick by most media and “draft experts”.

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