Cincinnati Bengals: Top 5 Draft Needs

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Jul 31, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A general view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A general view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs after a catch against Louisville Cardinals cornerback Shaq Wiggins (6) and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (right) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs after a catch against Louisville Cardinals cornerback Shaq Wiggins (6) and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (right) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Wide Receiver

If the Bengals do not make deals with Marvin Jones or Mohamed Sanu before the March deadline, they will both become free agents. Even though it doesn’t mean they won’t ultimately sign them but it will make it more difficult with more teams bidding for their services. What does that mean for the Bengals? It means they might be looking to draft somebody to keep Dalton’s weapons going strong.

This years NFL draft is a solid class of talent outside the quarterback position and wide receiver is no exception. The talent that will be taken in both the first and second rounds are arguably the best since A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Torrey Smith, and Randall Cobb in 2011. Player like Laquon Treadwell, Michael Thomas, Will Fuller, and Tyler Boyd just to name a few will be looking at a new home by the middle of day two.

The Bengals need could change depending on if they can re-sign either of Jones or Sanu. If they don’t resign Jones, a talent like Michael Thomas or Will Fuller might be a solid way to go. If Sanu leaves, Boyd or Rashard Higgins could be the Bengals move in the second round to bring in a solid hands receiver and potentially an early impact player.

If the Bengals do re-sign both Sanu and Jones, they might drop down to a value pick like a Malcolm Mitchell out of Georgia, whose talent has been compared to A.J. Green, when healthy, by CBS Sports, in the fourth or fifth round. Any which way, this draft has some wide receiver depth and the Bengals will have some luxuries with there later picks.

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