Once again, the Cincinnati Bengals ended the season in disappointing fashion. Once again, the Bengals failed to get out of the Wild-Card Round of the playoffs.
Yes, it was a very heart-breaking loss, but that was then, and the only way to stop all of this is to improve the team, whether we do it in free agency or the draft.
The most pressing need is cornerback, and this year’s draft class is very deep at that position.
So, who do we go after? Justin Gilbert? Darqueze Dennard? Someone else? There are a few really good players at this position. Let’s do some comparisons.
Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State): I really like this guy. He is very agile, and has great ball skills. He led the Big 12 in interceptions in 2013 with six.
When he gets the ball in his hands, he is a joy to watch. Not only is he a really good playmaker, but he is also really good in the kick return game, returning six kickoffs throughout his college career at Oklahoma State.
The Bengals may lose their top returner in Brandon Tate is he leaves in free agency, and Adam Jones seems to always get banged-up whenever he’s asked to be a returner for more than just once or twice in a game.
Gilbert should be the Bengals’ top CB target because of his ability to come in and contribute at two areas of need.