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It’s Never Sunny in Cincinnati – Week 7: Backfield in Transition

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Nov 10, 2012; Stillwater OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) runs 96 yards for a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

Without question, an NFL ready cornerback is the single greatest need for the Bengals next season, and is should very real deliberation in 2014.  Indeed perhaps two cornerbacks in the first several rounds should be considered as well.  This years’ NFL draft class marries into this perfectly with cornerback depth akin to last years’ offensive linemen.  Ifo Ekpre Olomu of Oregon is probably the most unheralded player (not to mention cornerback) in the NCAA currently and certain to be top pick.  Another rising name is Aaron Colvin of Oklahoma.  This kid plays hungry, and despite being a well-sized coverage corner, he finds tackles with the linebackers.  Colvin could be a late-entry name to top the cornerbacks this year overall.  Don’t forget about fellow Okie, Justin Gilbert over at Oklahoma State.  Gilbert might not go as high as Colvin, but his skills as a kickoff returner as well as his size make him an interesting prospect to watch.

Sitting at 4-2 atop the AFC North, the Bengals may find themselves picking 21st or later as they have for the past two drafts.  However, should a caliber player slips in this regard; this is the year to move up in the mid-rounds of the draft.

With wins over Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rogers common logic suggests that our secondary has never been better.  Undeniably, there is truth to this, but it rests upon a season in zenith.  The secondary must hold for now, and that will be a concern until the final snap of the regular season.  After that however; longevity must be re-examined.

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