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 7, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish game captains linebacker Joe Schmidt (38) and center Nick Martin (72) and defensive lineman Sheldon Day (91) line up for the coin toss against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Notre Dame won 42-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish game captains linebacker Joe Schmidt (38) and center Nick Martin (72) and defensive lineman Sheldon Day (91) line up for the coin toss against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Notre Dame won 42-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Interior Offensive Lineman

Why would the Bengals need to get an offensive guard? They have Clint Boling and Kevin Zeitler, so it wouldn’t make since, right? Well, Eric Winston is most likely done or very close to being done with the Bengals. Jake Fisher will eventually take over the tackle role with Andrew Whitworth nearing his retirement party along with a potential rotating role Cedric Ogbuehi and versatility at full back when Ryan Hewitt got injured in 2015.

The depth at offensive guard would give the Bengals an advantage to rotate in fresh bodies and keep players healthy and fresh throughout the season. They were the eighth best in sacks allowed and protected the qb’s for the fifth best in interceptions thrown, and first in fewest hits allowed on the quarterback. If they want to keep up the ability to protect Dalton and McCarron moving forward, they need the bodies on the line to protect them.

The Bengals could make a move in as early as the second round for a guard, again depending on need of the wide receivers and corners. If that is the case, a player like Nick Martin out of Notre Dame could be a solid player with almost immediate impact. If they decide to go for a third round guy, Joshua Garnett or Sebastian Tretola could fit well in the Bengals plans.

Again, another luxury pick because of holding onto their own players and drafting well. The plus side to getting Garnett, he could swing to the center if there is an injury to Russell Bodine, or if they decide to move on in two years, which is unlikely if he continues to improve as he did last year. Either way, Garnett brings great versatility and smart football.

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