It’s never too early to take a peak into the 2014 NFL Draft class, as next year’s crop of prospects are already being more highly-regarded than this year’s class. The star-power that was lacking this year will be much more prevalent next year, but hopefully the Bengals won’t need to worry about that, as they’ll hope to be drafting in the late-first round after another winning-season and a deep run in the playoffs.
Sports Illustrated has already released their first 2014 Mock NFL Draft, and they believe wide receiver will be the route the Bengals pursue:
26. Cincinnati Bengals — DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: Another potential underclassman, I’m guessing Parker would declare for the draft if he and Bridgewater dominated again. Parker stepped up as Louisville’s top option in 2012 (40 catches, 10 TDs) and brings a tantalizing mix of speed and size to the table.
I actually think there’s a good chance of this happening. Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones are going to be counted on to step up this year, and Andrew Hawkins will be a free agent. This could leave receiver being the biggest need entering the 2014 offseason, but hopefully Sanu and Jones step up and provide the Bengals with enough receiving threats that they can feel comfortable with that position moving forward.