Today, I will look at potential players that the Cincinnati Bengals could potentially select due to the fact they have holes at key positions that are left wide open after some good players departed to other teams. The Bengals continue to make the playoffs, but the one problem that is holding them back is the fact they cannot make a deep playoff run. So now, the Bengals need that one key playmaker either on the offensive or defensive side of the ball to push them over that hump.
To start off, the first scenario will come from an offensive side where the Bengals now setback after losing two key contributors in the passing game, those two contributors were wide outs Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, which both got big deals from their new teams. With that being said, I can see the Bengals using their first round pick at number 24 on a wide receiver that we all are fond of from Baylor, Corey Coleman. Coleman would add a different look than what the fans and coaches have seem from that offense. He is really fast and can run all day. A.J. Green will do what A.J. always does and that is to ball out. Coleman would do the dirty work by running the underneath routes and busting small yardage into bigger yardage. He can also fly down the field to take the top off from a defense. Coleman would easily replace Sanu’s roll in the Bengals’ wildcat like formation. Coleman reminds me of a stronger and bigger Percy Harvin with the ability to stay healthy.
Next, my second scenario takes place on the defensive side with a glaring hole at the safety spot with Pro Bowler Reggie Nelson departing to the Oakland Raiders. Now, Nelson is older, but he can still play, but the Bengals are tight on money as some current players will need new deals coming up soon. Now, Nelson was a Florida Gator, so I think they go back to UF and select Keanu Neal at number 24 to plug and play from day one. Neal is just like Reggie Nelson, but younger and stronger. Now, Neal will have some up and down moments in his rookie year, but that will come from a coverage perspective as Nelson has adjusted to over time. Neal is the only player I have seen knock Derrick Henry flat on his back. That is the strength and power that Nelson does not have. Lastly, Marvin Lewis and Paul Guenther would love to have Neal in an orange and black striped uniform.
Furthermore, I’ll throw in an extra scenario, which you could see the Bengals trading a few spots down with maybe the Seattle Seahawks (#26) or Arizona Cardinals (#29). The Bengals pick up a few extra picks and of course that other team’s first round pick. By doing this, it shows that the Bengals are not reaching for a player that should be an extremely late first round pick or early day two player in Kenny Clark. Clark is a defensive tackle that can play anywhere on the line. The UCLA product would see lots of snaps in his rookie year, but could potential start in his sophomore season in the NFL with Domata Peko getting older. Clark is a top three run stopper in this year’s draft, but finally showed this past season that his pass rushing skills are visible. He has lots of upper and lower body strength with a hard punch with his fierce hands that allow him to maul offensive linemen that always results in him getting to the backfield.
Finally, I think the Bengals will end up going with scenario two or something similar to it. All are good scenarios, but the Bengals need excellent product from their safety group as they have been for the past three to four years.