Bengals Depth Chart: Offensive Preview


Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and teammates huddle up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the additions/retentions in free agency the Bengals have shored up some positions for the upcoming season.  This strategy has allowed them to have an open approach to the upcoming NFL Draft on April 30th.  The team will likely continue to add veterans to the roster, but probably not until close to or after the draft.  Many positions on the roster already seem set, so the question is, where are the holes in the Bengals’ roster and where will the draft picks fit in?  To answer those questions, we take a look at the Bengals potential depth chart and attempt to identify where the team’s nine draft picks will fit in, unless of course, we see the rare trade by the Bengals.

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When analyzing the current offensive depth chart keep in mind that this is the offseason roster and several of these players will be afterthoughts once the draft has concluded. With that said, don’t write off some of these guys who have spent time developing on the practice squad, i.e. running back James Wilder Jr., tackle Dan France, and guard Trey Hopkins.  All of these players fit the mold of guys who the Bengals love to bring up through the ranks.

Currently, it looks like the offense has open spots at wide receiver, tackle, and tight end. Working in the Bengals’ favor is this wide receiving draft class looks to be another solid one.  The depth of this group means potential contributors can be found through the fourth round. The team clearly needed some more talent last year, and they have already stated that they will possibly be looking to replenish the position.

At offensive tackle, it will be interesting to see who is available at 21. They aren’t going to reach, but I have a feeling they really want to get a tackle early with both current tackles’ contracts expiring after this season. Guys to keep in mind are, T.J. Clemmings, Ereck Flowers, and D.J. Humphries.

Another spot where I believe they fill with the draft is at tight end. The problem is it is a weak class with only one guy projected to go at the end of the first round, Maxx Williams from Minnesota.  The question here will be whether the Bengals are concerned with Tyler Eifert‘s ability to stay healthy and, if so, are they again thinking that a starting tight end is the best value at 21? Bengals fans will probably fall out of their seats should this happen.

Check back with Stripe Hype for the defensive depth chart version coming soon.

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