ICYMI: NFL Draft: 2nd Round Problems? Not in Cincinnati

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Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals have a unique “problem”, in that they have two second-round picks. How is this a problem?

Frankly, it’s not. If anything, second round picks, especially ones in the first 15 or so spots are still considered late first-round picks. The Bengals have the 23rd pick in the second-round (53rd overall), oh and, wait a second, the 5th-pick (37th overall), in the 2nd round.

Thank you Oakland Raiders. The Bengals have tons of options with two 2nd round picks including picking a player who may not fill an immediate need, but might be the “best player available” at the time.

Cincinnati might very well solve many of its main issues with the 21st overall pick and the 37th overall pick, the compensatory pick from the Carson Palmer trade. With the plethora of good overall talent at many defensive and offensive positions, the Bengals might gamble a little bit with the 53rd overall pick using it on the best player available or even use it as a bargaining chip in free agency.

This is where things get interesting. The Bengals need a running back, solid linebacker, safety, offensive line, and could always use a speedster at wide receiver. Linebacker and safety are top of the list issues, which need to be addressed with the first round pick and possibly the first pick in the second round. There are enough quality running backs that when the Bengals pick again in the 3rd round (84th overall), whom they are looking for should still be there. Quality O-lineman and speedsters are usually pretty abundant in later rounds, and would help fill a few holes here and there on the roster. Once again we are left with one pick, that elusive second second-round pick, 53rd overall.