The Cincinnati Bengals have been a team that has been lucky enough in the past few years to have depth on their roster in almost every position, especially on offense. That being said, there is always room for improvement. After losing offensive tackle Anthony Collins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bengals could afford to draft a tackle somewhere in the draft, but probably not until the second round.
Their biggest need comes on defense. The Bengals have lacked depth at the defensive back and safety position for the past few years. This year would be a good year to go get one in the first round. The players that could have an immediate impact in the NFL as rookies at DB or safety will most likely only last for the first round, and they should use their second round pick on an offensive lineman so their first round pick should be traded up to get a safety.
The Bengals signed safety Taylor Mays to a one year contract extension, but Mays has not shown his full potential yet. He makes the occasional stupid mistakes but the Bengals could really pick someone in the first round of the 2014 draft to help Mays out back there.
Former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard is set to visit the Bengals this coming week. Dennard is one of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft class, as he and Justin Gilbert out of Oklahoma State have been talked about as the top two cornerbacks in this draft. Dennard will most likely be gone by the time the Bengals are on the clock with their No. 24 pick, which is why they need to trade up so they can snag the talent early on.
Another pick at cornerback I like for Cincinnati is Bradley Roby out of Ohio State. Roby has the talent of a first round pick but will most likely fall to the second round. Roby was arrested last year for punching a bouncer at a bar, so some teams have pulled his character into question. Another setback for Roby is that he did not have his best season in 2013, but his stats from 2012 show he could be an immediate impact player in the NFL.
Trading up in the draft would be logical for the Bengals because they have a glaring need in their defensive backfield and the great talent is going to go fast in the first round. They also have needs on the offensive line but the depth of the talent on the offensive line in this year’s draft is very deep and Cincinnati would be more likely to find a better offensive tackle in the second and third rounds then they would a cornerback or safety.