Whether or not you like Mike Florio, you have to concede that he has put together one of the top NFL blogs on the interwebs. Last night he decided to weigh in with his thoughts on what positions the Bengals need to bolster through the draft. Do you agree with him? (Reading article not required to opine.)
Mr. Florio lists these five positions as needs for the Bengals. (He does not say whether or not these are listed in his perceived order of importance.)
- Running Back
- Defensive End
- Wide Receiver
- Tight End
Cornerback is an easy pick because it is a glaring need.
A #2 WR is also important, although there are already seven WRs on the roster. It is possible that the coaches may be content to let Shipley, Hawkins and Binns fight it out for that spot. Running back is another position with enough guys on the roster but could use some more punch.
Defensive End is a far less discussed need, but it really is a need. Dunlap is the only productive piece on the roster right now. Geathers is steady but by no means a sack machine. Michael Johnson’s role seems to be shrinking. And Harvey or Anderson are busts until they prove themselves otherwise.
Tight End was the surprise pick. Florio argues that having two receiving TEs is the trend, so the Bengals need another to go with Gresham. But the Bengals had just that kind of guy in Chase Coffman, who couldn’t get on the field.
The surprising omission, of course, is Guard. No mention of safety either. I would rank either of those above a second receiving TE.