(Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Bengals are a talented bunch aiming to take
the next step and garner some postseason success.
Finding a complement to Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green as well as a more
explosive outside running threat could help quarterback Andy Dalton, who has
some limitations due to his pedestrian arm strength. Clearing up the right
tackle situation is also a priority because Andre Smith, who was one of the
best in football last season, remains a free agent.
The defense seems to be in better shape although weakside linebacker is up for
grabs and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer could use some competition for
middle linebacker Rey Maualuga as well. Safety is also a concern because no
one was able to beat out the limited Chris Crocker last season and he is now a
With 10 picks, including four in the first three rounds, Cincy has the
ammunition to get some things done and is reportedly very high on athletic
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree as well as Alabama running back Eddie
Lacy and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. Also keep an eye on Houston cornerback
D.J. Hayden, a fast-rising prospect, as a possible second or third round pick.
2012 Record: 10-6
Top Needs: S, WR, RT, LB
First Three Picks: No. 21, No. 37, No. 53
Number of Selections: 10 (1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Dre Kirkpatrick (CB, Alabama), Kevin
Zeitler (OG, Wisconsin); 2011 - A.J. Green (WR, Georgia); 2010 - Jermaine
Gresham, TE (Oklahoma); 2009 - Andre Smith (OT, Alabama); 2008 - Keith Rivers
(LB, USC); 2007 - Leon Hall (CB, Michigan); 2006 - Johnathan Joseph (CB, South
Carolina); 2005 - David Pollack (OLB, Georgia); 2004 - Chris Perry (RB,
Michigan); 2003 - Carson Palmer (QB, Southern Cal).
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