By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on March 25, 2014
It's been almost forever since the Cincinnati Bengals have won a playoff game. Although they squandered their opportunity against the San Diego Chargers, there are plenty of reasons why this team could win one or two playoff games next season. In this article, I will name five NFL future draft picks who the Bengals should target for this season.
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After losing Michael Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bengals will be looking to replace him. Although he may be undersized, Kyle Van Noy is an intriguing playmaker. His best position is outside linebacker, but he could play defensive end if needed. Van Noy is a player who can play multiple positions in multiple fronts, and he would fit well on this defense.
Kelvin Benjamin has probably the biggest catch radius out of any receiver in this draft class. He can make plays on the ball, and he could be the perfect player to complement A.J. Green. Andy Dalton would be happy if the Bengals could land Benjamin. There are concerns over his hands, but his ability to use his body to catch passes is second to none. Benjamin could become a stud in a few years.
C.J. Mosley has been one of the best players on one of the best defenses in college for the past few years. He shows the ability to play inside or outside as a linebacker, and he is extremely productive against the run. Mosley reads opposing offenses, and he is a playmaker in the middle of the field. Next to Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals could have one of the best linebacker groups in the NFL in a few years.
The Bengals need a No. 1 cornerback, and that is what Justin Gilbert will be in a few years. Playing the Big 12, Gilbert has played against some really good receivers. He is athletic as any, and he does a great job at turning his hips to make a play on the ball. The combination of fluidity and ball skills is special for a cornerback in the NFL, and those are two things Gilbert excels in.
I have said it once, and I will say it again … If there is one player in this draft who will be the next Richard Sherman, it is Darqueze Dennard. The Michigan State product will not shock you with his speed, but he is the most physical cornerback in this draft. He won the Jim Thorpe award, which is the award given annually to the nation's best cornerback. In my opinion, Dennard is above and beyond the best cornerback in this draft.
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