Way Too Early Bengals 2017 NFL Draft Preview

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Bengals are 23-7-1 when AJ Green hits the century mark. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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The Bengals season ended (pretty much) on Sunday and it’s now time to look to the future and to the 2017 NFL Draft.  With major injuries and losses piling up this year cannot end soon enough.

What Do They Need?

There are generally two strategies a team can use when formulating their Draft plan.  Some teams will Draft based upon their Team needs and may take a lower rated player if he fits a need they have.  Other teams will Draft based upon the most talented player available and worry about their Depth Chart later.  Listening to NFL experts in Preseason prognostications found that many thought the Bengals were one of the most talented teams in the NFL.  Unfortunately, that talent hasn’t led to many wins this year.  After the disaster against the Bills on Sunday both A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard are out for the season.  Consequently, the team needs to re-tool and reload for next year.

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Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert are two bright spots this year but the Bengals need to improve the WR spot occupied by Brandon LaFell.  Furthermore, it will be 2018 before Bernard will be back to full strength.  2017 will be Jeremy Hill‘s Contract year to either flame in or fizzle out.  Defensively, the Bengals need to get younger at DT, MLB, OLB and CB.

Players like Domata Peko, Rey Maualuga, Karlos Dansby and Adam Jones have had their chance to make this defense great again.  These aging stars and their coaches have failed to be anything close to great this year.  Therefore, a youth movement is needed and it starts in the 2017 NFL Draft.  This off-season could see great change come to the Bengals and it cannot come soon enough.

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