Do the Bengals Really Need a Safety?

Re-signing Reggie Nelson will give the Bengals more flexibility in the draft,
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    Agreed that no top pick needs to be used for a safety. Sands has excellent potential and needs an opportunity to grow into this defense. He can be the hard hitting ball hawk on the other side of the strong safety. The Bengals need to focus on top choices being OL and CB.

  2. Bill says:

    I hope that re-signing Crocker is a high priority, but not the #1 priority. Keeping continuity on the D-line is a higher priority for me, which means bringing back at least two of FAs (Sims, Fanene & Rucker).

    You know I respect the heck out of your opinion, Nate, but I would not at all be opposed to taking Mark Barron in the first. (No other safeties grade as worthy of a first.) While they need to strengthen their pass defense, the biggest improvement on D will come from generating more turnovers. Barron could contribute to meeting both of those needs. So I view him as a solid pick in the first, if he is even available.

  3. Nate says:

    I think it all depends on how the draft falls. If Richardson and both guards are gone at No. 17, I’d be okay with it. But I think I’d take a guard and a running back before safety.

    As always, it’s subject to change with free agency. If the team somehow loses Nelson, the position becomes a tremendous need.

  4. Juniversal says:

    I don’t think safety is high on list of draft priorities this year. Barron would offer good value in the 2nd round but if we don’t address RB in round 1 we should use our 2nd pick on RB. Since the safety class isn’t deep I see us either going FA and bringing in a safety or sticking with the guys we have and developing them.

    If they don’t pan out THEN I see safety being a high draft priority in 2013. I would say in terms of draft needs it’s low enough on the list that by the time we would go for a safety (likely 4th round or later) that the player we’d get would be no better then the guys we currently have.

    1. Juniversal says:

      Scratch that. I should say we’ll likely go for a safety “3rd round or later” but I don’t see us grabbing a safety earlier then that.