Cornerback is likely to be the Bengals’ biggest need in the 2014 NFL draft, but safety could be another position they address early. Why not draft a player who could play both?
Another defensive back with height issues but proved quite the playmaker in college. Lamarcus Joyner has the track record of a first round pick and would be there if only he were four inches taller.
The Cincinnati Bengals don’t require bigger defensive backs like other teams, and they have need for help at the safety position. Joyner is deceptively tough, able to make tackles and is also a keen asset in coverage.
One of the most versatile defensive players in college football, Joyner went from starting 27 straight games at safety (2011-12) to an attacking corner in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s new scheme
In 2013, he led the `Noles with 5.5 sacks and was second on the team with 69 tackles.
Joyner would also give the Bengals another capable return-man if they lose Brandon Tate walk in free agency. As a junior, Joyner added 185 kickoff return yards, including a 90-yarder that helped key a win over Clemson.