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GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals intercepts a pass from Aaron Rodgers #12 (not pictured) to Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Jackson returned the interception for a 75-yard touchdown. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals intercepts a pass from Aaron Rodgers #12 (not pictured) to Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Jackson returned the interception for a 75-yard touchdown. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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The Bengals should draft a tight end in the first three rounds.

I have not seen many tight ends in this draft class that really get me excited honestly. Depending on what you think about tight end Tyler Eifert being able to stay healthy for most of a season it would mean working toward replacing him next season. Tight end Tyler Kroft is a good red zone tight end but failed to be much help between the twenties over the middle.

Regardless, I don’t think that the Bengals should use one of their picks in the top three rounds on a position that is good for this year. If Eifert cannot stay healthy yet again this year, maybe draft one in next year’s draft depending on the class. If the Bengals want to get to the playoffs this season and win a game for the first time under Lewis, I don’t think this is the route to go.

Like I mentioned in the last question, the team has spent a considerable amount of draft capital on offensive playmakers in the first two rounds in recent years. They need to let those players develop and get some playing time to prove their worth before bringing in another playmaker. The offensive line is a much more pressing need and with some holes still left on the defensive side of the ball that has better prospects landing at the Bengals picking order, I would much rather see them look there.

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