By Matthew Cannata @PhinManiacs on March 14, 2014
The Cincinnati Bengals have let quite a few players get away from them in free agency, which has opened up numerous holes on their team. There is a little less than two months before the NFL Draft begins on May 8 so a lot can still happen, but here is the latest mock draft for the Bengals based on their moves so far in free agency and what I expect them to do in the next few weeks.
After letting Michael Johnson go in free agency, the Bengals will need to replace him with someone younger. Ealy is versatile and can rush from the edge or inside. He would be a great fit for the Bengals' defense.
Marcus Roberson excels in pass coverage but is a little shaky in the run game. He has great size and has the ability to play on an island throughout the game. Roberson will be a great addition to the defense.
Anthony Steen is a great athlete. Although he is not as big as most would like, he is quick on his feet and his fundamentals are excellent. He is well balanced in both run and pass protection and can play both sides of the line.
Some may expect the Bengals to draft a center early, but you can find good value in the fourth round with Marcus Martin. He is considered by some as the top center prospect and would be able to start on day one.
Ahmad Dixon is a physical corner who won’t be afraid to lay down a big hit. He would be ideal when the Bengals are facing teams with big tight ends as Dixon seems to excel in that area. Occasionally he will lose sight of receivers in coverage, but that can be taught and masked.
Some say that the Bengals aren’t thrilled that Andy Dalton can’t take the next step. What better way to put a little fire in him than by drafting a quarterback? Logan Thomas is an extremely athletic quarterback who is underrated. He has all the makings of a winner and can be developed over the course of a few short years.
Nothing wrong with doubling down on a position in the draft, and the Bengals should do that with Kadeem Edwards. He would provide solid depth on the line.
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