As of now, the Bengals’ biggest needs entering Thursday’s NFL Draft are running back, safety, and offensive tackle, and in the latest Fansided NFL Mock Draft, they addressed each of those needs in the first two rounds:
Oct 27, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) leaves the field after his team defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
"21. Cincinnati Bengals – D.J. Fluker, OT/AlabamaI’d love to see the Bengals take a chance on Keenan Allen here and pair him with A.J. Green, but Andy Dalton needs protection before he adds more weapons to his offense. Fluker would be an Alabama lineman replacing an Alabama lineman who ended up being a bust so it’s easy to see why Cincinnati would be hesitant to take Fluker. But there’s not running back worth taking this high and if it’s not Allen, it’s going to be Fluker. 37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland Raiders) – John Cyprien, S/FIUThe Bengals missed out on Kenny Vaccaro in the first round, but they won’t swing and miss twice. Cyprien is another one of those boarder line prospects being considered a late first/early second round talent. He fills a need for Cincy and is one of the best second round prospects in the draft. 53. Cincinnati Bengals – Montee Ball, RB/WisconsinBall is a guy who has proved himself at Wisconsin and is a guy the Bengals would love to have to take the load off of Benjarvis Green-Ellis. Cincinnati needs a reliable running back, and Ball could be a throwback to the days of Corey Dillon"
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