Another critical indicator, the Bengals have appropriate levels of depth at all other positions, but cornerback and safety are paper thin. While on the field, Leon Hall was consistently beat for the first ten games of his 2012 recovery season; this time around he’s 30. Terrence Newman is 35, and Adam Jones is 30, still effective, but better at nickel. George Iloka and Reggie Nelson (also 30) are a great tandem, but depth behind them is nearly non-existent. Outside of Dre Kirkpatrick, the same is true at cornerback. Further, Hall’s recovery is not guaranteed.
Piece-mealing this group together may work for one more year, but it would make the 2015 offseason a catastrophe. A first round talent this year might not even be enough. Make no mistake; multiple moves in the secondary must be made to keep the Bengals from taking a significant step back defensively over the next several years, something that may be overlooked if ‘win now’ mindset is too pervasive.