Cincinnati Bengals: Six Players to Eye In The Top 10

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Dec 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) works out prior to the ACC Championship college football game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) works out prior to the ACC Championship college football game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs during the first quarter of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs during the first quarter of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports /

Leonard Fournette

Before Jeremy Hill led the NFL in touchdowns, he rushed for 2,156 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns as a LSU Tiger. After he was drafted in the 2014 draft, Hill was replace by Leonard Fournette at LSU.

Fournette busted onto the scene with 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He followed that season up by nearly doubling his performance as a freshman. In 2015, Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore. Due to him having to wait another year before he could go into the NFL, some could say Fournette took the year off. He rushed for 843 yards and 8 touchdowns on 129 attempts.

All career lows. Although, his average yards per carry was 6.5, the same number as his sophomore season. This could suggest that he just didn’t take a step backwards he just didn’t play as much. Fournette only played in seven games this year compared to the 12 he played as a sophomore and 13 he played as a freshman.

The reason why Cincinnati should look running back early in the draft is because there are running backs this year that are worthy of a top 10 pick and because Cincinnati cannot rush the ball consistently. Hill has only had two 100-yard performances this season. Both against the 1-14 Cleveland Browns.

Although lets be fair, Hill is not that type of running back. He’s a short yardage back who gets into the endzone. However the peoblem is even bigger than Hill, Giovani Bernard is coming off a torn ACL, Hill becomes a free agent after next season and Rex Burkhead enters free agency this year. Burkhead could find himself a starter somewhere else next season and if he leaves there’s a gapping hole in Cincinnati’s offense.

Getting a back like Fournette could prove very beneficial for CincinnaIt may even cause Hill to play better.

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