ICYMI: NFL Draft: 5 players the Cincinnati Bengals Could Target at Pick #21

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Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (42) runs with the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

3. Eddy Lacy, Running Back, Alabama

Lacy is the most popular pick amongst the fans and some bloggers, including stripehype.coms own Jason Marcum in the sites writers mock. Lacy possesses a combination of size, speed, power and elusiveness which he utilizes to carve up defensive units. Lacy also uses a nice jump cut spin move to expose over pursuing linebackers and uses his power to run over smaller defensive backs. Lacy has great vision being able to see lanes open up before they are there, and uses a quick burst to accelerate through the hole. I worry though about his durability and being a product from the all time- greatest offensive line in college football.

4. Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, WVU

Joe Reedy is adamant in saying that Cincinnati will NOT take a receiver in the first 3 rounds. I do not understand this though, with the durability issues with our number 2 and 3 receivers. Austin would play slot receiver for the Bengals and would provide much needed space for Gresham and open up the offense. Austin’s big play capability will provide a mediocre Bengals offense with some explosiveness and also would not allow defenses to solely focus on stopping Green and Gresham.