Even after the draft, the Bengals have some significant holes on their roster and will need to fill in as many as they can once free agency (whatever form it takes) begins.
Geoff Hobson looks at some of the biggest questions. Here are my thoughts on a few of them.
Quarterback: I still think the team needs a veteran presence to stabilize the position. Kerry Collins has a lot of experience, but he’s not a fit in the West Coast offense. That leaves a few undesirable options, the best of which in my opinion, is Bruce Gradkowski. Gradkowski played college ball at Toledo, played for Jon Gruden in Tampa, and has had a few big wins (most notably at Pittsburgh with Oakland two years ago). He’s not anyone to get excited about, but he gives the team some flexibility and some experience. Personally, I’d still like to see Dan LeFevour as the opening day starter, but Gradkowski would be a good guy to have around.
Running back/Fullback: I’d like to see Cincinnati try to rekindle Tampa Bay’s Warrick Dunn/Mike Alstott days with a combination of Bernard Scott and Fui Vakapuna. Fullback Chris Pressley has to make the roster too, he’s a great asset in the AFC North. Cedric Benson probably will be brought back in free agency, but the team can’t keep Scott off the field as much in 2011.
Interesting note: The Bengals are 7-2 in games Anthony Collins has started the past two seasons and have averaged 110 yards rushing in those games. That sounds good to me. Put Andre Smith at left guard, Collins at right tackle and let’s roll.