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If I was the Bengals GM on Draft Day

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The team has had a stellar offseason so far this year. We have locked down, Michael Johnson and Andre smith to long term deals. We have also brought back Howard, Maualuga, Jones and Gilberry to the team keeping together one of the best defenses in the league.

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama) as the 17th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Roger announces, “Cincinnati is on the clock.” After twenty picks go by, I see that there is still plenty of talent left on our board. Deandre Hopkins, Jonathan Cyprien, Arthur Brown, Khaseem Greene and Bennie Logan all still available, all of them quality players. Greene is a former safety converted into a weak side linebacker and would allow Vontaze Burfict to slip in his natural position at inside linebacker.

Brown is a fantastic prospect out KSU. Brown is extremely versatile, with the ability to move well in space and drop back into coverage. But Hopkins is the best available on my board. “Nuke”, as many call him, is 6-2 205 lbs. Hopkins reminds me of Hakeem Nicks. Nuke brought in 18 touchdowns and caught 82 balls 1405 yards in his JR year. This guy’s a fluid, but un-orthodox route runner complimented by deceptive speed. Hopkins owns a beautiful double move that left many college corners with whip-lash. Adding Hopkins alongside AJ Green would instantly put them in the conversation as the best WR tandem in football, creating headaches for defensive coordinators for years to come.