Bengals Draft: They Need More than Wide Receiver

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 18, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) advances the ball while being chased by Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) advances the ball while being chased by Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports /

Defensive Tackle

Domata Peko is on his way out as a Bengal in the next year or two and Brandon Thompson has his deal through the 2016 season, and arguably hasn’t done anything to secure his spot long term. What does all that have to do with drafting a defensive tackle? The Bengals need a future for Domata Peko and a rotational guy.

A player like Jarran Reed or Robert Nkemdiche would fit in this Bengals organization well. They both are hard nose rush and run stop players. If a guy like Andrew Billings or Kenny Clark fall in the second round, they could be solid as well. However, it is not guaranteed they fall to the Bengals.

Like the receivers, it must be the right player in order for the Bengals to draft a defensive tackle. The Bengals need a more pure run stop type guy. They face LeVeon Bell, Rashard Jennings, Bilal Powell, and many more talent running games in 2016. A guy like Nkemdiche who can push the pocket and disrupt the run could potentially add another level to this already stout defense.

The Bengals are not in a position where they have to draft purely for need. However, they need to make smart picks in their draft room and make sure the future is just as bright as the present. Marvin Lewis, Duke Tobin, and the Bengals organization have not let us down in recent years and there is no reason to believe they will fail the fans this draft.

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