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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One thing is for sure: The Bengals need new life and new blood to re-open their Championship window.  No matter who the coach is, this Draft will be a turning point; good or bad.

Reuben Foster- ILB, University of Alabama

Foster is a beast of a Linebacker who has been in the middle of the most dominating college football defense in recent memory.  If the Bengals are picking in the 11-15 range of the First Round they may be able to grab Foster and immediately upgrade the middle of their linebacking corps.

The speed at which Foster plays with will translate very nicely to this Bengals defense.  Vontaze Burfict plays with an intense violence and Foster will be able emulate his intensity while hopefully being less volatile.  Scouts also rave about his Football instincts giving him the opportunity to contribute quickly to whatever team Draft’s him.  Drawing comparisons to Luke Kuechly is always a great thing and it further confirms that the Bengals should even Trade up to get their hands on Foster.

Mike Williams- WR, Clemson

Even when A.J. Green comes back fully healthy next year he will need some help from other Wide Receivers.  Mike Williams has a highlight reel of catches and touchdowns from his time with Clemson that show him to be a top-10 pick.

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At 6’3″ and 225 pounds, Williams has the body and skills to wreck opposing game plans.  With him on the edge, getting one-on-one coverage, he has shown he can grab the fade, comeback, and slant without issue.  There is some concern about Williams’ release off the line of scrimmage but good coaching can improve that.  If there are other teams needing WR’s ahead of the Bengals he will probably be off the board after the top 12 but he remains a great possibility for Who Dey Nation.

"There remains a possibility that this season will continue to implode. If this happens, the Bengals could easily choose within the Top 8 picks."

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