2015 NFL Draft: Bengals’ Wants versus Needs

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NFL Draft is approaching and there are more mock drafts being posted and speculation being spread now than there has been all year. The Bengals are one of the handful of teams who can say they’re heading in wide open (meaning they don’t have any immediate needs). This leads to the million dollar question, do you draft for the eventual “need” or “the sexy pick”? Lets look at the draft’s first three rounds comparing “needs” versus “wants.”

First Round

Need: La’el Collins, OT,  LSU

Big, athletic and mean, Collins could be the successor at either tackle spot. Both Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are playing out their contracts in 2015, and considering Whitworth’s age and Smith’s injury history, having a younger tackle “waiting in the wings” sounds like a great back up plan.

Want: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

There is most likely zero chance he is there at 21, but for the slim chance that DeVante Parker drops, you better believe the Bengals are running up to the podium; fans shouldn’t be disappointed if that happens. Having, more or less, another A.J. Green on the field is what Parker would amount to given his build and great route running ability. Defenses wouldn’t be able to roll coverage Green’s way anymore given the chance Parker burns them on the opposite side of the field.

Next: Second Round