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 lost two high-caliber offensive weapons on Sunday and the effects will be felt the rest of the year.  It may even be smart for Cincy to rest players in search of a Top-5 Draft slot.

No Bengals fan wants to see their team lose.  However, Bengals fans are going to have to get used to seeing losses pile up the rest of this year.  If this, in fact, does happen, Bengals management will probably be searching for a new coach as well as new Draft picks.  Worst case scenario for this season could lead to a best case scenario in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Assuming a Top 5 pick is a tough assumption but the Bengals were on their way to a horrible record BEFORE losing to the Bills and BEFORE losing the best WR in the league.  So, Bengals fans and management need to focus in on who they want with a Top 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Malik McDowell- DT, Michigan State

Other teams in the Top 5 of the Draft like the Browns, Jets, Bears and 49ers all need Quarterbacks.  Fortunately for the Bengals, they have an MVP Caliber QB and don’t have to choose a flashy pick to generate fans for their team.  However, the Bengals do need help up the middle and McDowell can help.

While he isn’t Vince Wilfork size, McDowell is big enough to disrupt the interior and explosive enough to use on stunts off the edge.  Of course, his Combine measurements and performance could either solidify or lower his Draft stock.

At this point, McDowell would be a great choice anywhere in the top 10 and could very well be there for the Bengals.  Last week, McDowell tweaked his ankle and there is thought that he won’t play for Michigan State again.  The injury is not major and shouldn’t affect his Draft position.

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