2013 NFL Draft: Should the Cincinnati Bengals Focus on a Running Back?

By Dan Parzych
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Nobody could have predicted the Cincinnati Bengals to reach the playoffs over the last two years as Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have played a big role in helping turn things around on offense, but there are still a few areas in need of improvement with the 2013 NFL Draft right around the corner. One area the team may need to focus on in April–running back.

One of the best additions to Cincinnati’s squad last offseason was BenJarvus Green-Ellis as the former New England Patriots running back finished the year with 1,094 rushing yards to go along with six touchdowns, but it would wise for the Bengals to provide him with another complimentary player in the backfield. Bernard Scott was always a reliable option for a backup, but he’s coming off a torn ACL injury that has his status for training camp still up in the air.

Other than that–there really isn’t any running backs on Cincinnati’s roster that stand out as a reliable option.

The best part about this year’s draft class is there are plenty of talented running backs that will still be available past the first round that Cincinnati could focus on. With the way things have gone over the last two seasons, the Bengals will most likely be playoff contenders once again heading into 2013, but it certainly won’t be easy.

There’s no question Cincinnati could use some help in the backfield and what better place to start than April’s draft.

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