Post-Draft Review: Cincinnati Bengals
Jermaine Gresham (Getty Images)
Jermaine Gresham (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted May 14, 2010


The Bengals addressed at least half of their needs in this year's draft, but two still need to be addressed.

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, TE, DE, WR, SS
 

Players Added

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 fourth guard.


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 candidate.


Post-Draft Needs

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.



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