Pre-Draft Needs: CB, TE, DE, WR, SS
Round 1-Jermaine Gresham/TE - This team badly needed to find a pass-catching
tight end. They've found that guy in Gresham. He should help to form a solid,
1-2 punch at the position with veteran Reggie Kelly.
Round 2-Carlos Dunlap/DE - Dunlap is along the line of many players that the
Bengals have drafted over the years--talented, but underachieving. If he
competes hard all the time, the Bengals might be on to something with Dunlap. If
not, he'll be a backup his entire career.
Round 3-Jordan Shipley/WR - Cincinnati really didn't need another possession
receiver, but Shipley might have been the most sure-handed receiver available
for this year's draft. He should be able to push for the No. 3 role as a rookie.
Round 3-Brandon Ghee/CB - The Bengals badly needed to address their nickel and
dime positions, so Ghee should get a chance to get on the field right away.
Round 4-Geno Atkins/DT - While he was a bit inconsistent on the collegiate
level, there's no doubting Atkins' talent. He has the ability to be an impact
player as a rookie. He should eventually start in his second or third season.
Round 4/Roddrick Muckelroy/LB - He's capable of playing all three linebacker
positions. Muckelroy, down the road, figures to challenge for the starting SLB
job, once Rey Maualuga is moved inside.
Round 5/Otis Hudson/G - Hudson will get a chance to win a job as Cincinnati's
Round 6/Dezmond Briscoe/WR - The underrated pass catcher has a legitimate shot
to make the final roster coming out of the preseason as the team's fourth
receiver. Had Briscoe run much faster during his NFL Combine workout, he might
have been selected as high as the third round.
Round 7/Reggie Stephens/OL - Stephens is probably going to be practice squad
Wide Receiver - While they did a nice job of addressing the position this
year, what's lacking here is speed. That was very evident all season in 2010.
Strong Safety - Roy Williams was re-signed, but he lacks the ideal coverage
skills needed for the position. The Bengals need to develop a younger player who
could eventually start.