2015 NFL Draft: Bengals’ Wants versus Needs

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Nov 22, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeff Heuerman (5) is tackled by Indiana Hoosiers safety Antonio Allen (40) at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 42-27. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Need: Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State

His first step reminds me a lot of Geno Atkins’ because of how fast both can get off the ball. With ten sacks last year, Marcus Hardison could come in on third down and help get after opposing quarterbacks.

Want: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

If he is there this late in the draft, not only is it great value, but Cedric Ogbuehi is a possible day one starter as long as his ACL is fully healed. He would have most likely been a first round pick prior to his injury, so to get him in the third would be a steal.

Third Round, Compensatory Selection

Need: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State

As long as Jermaine Gresham isn’t re-signed (everyday he isn’t makes me think he’s brought back during camp), then the Bengals are going to need another tight end to back up Tyler Eifert. The tight end who is actually drafted will depend on whether the coaching staff wants a pass catcher or blocking tight end.

Want: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

I know this makes two players coming off serious injuries, which makes it a risky draft overall, but think about how big of a steal this draft would be if both Ogbuehi and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu are able to reclaim their pre-injury forms. That would give Cincinnati two big time contributors and depth at two key positions.

Next: Bengals Seven-Round Mock Draft

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