By Kyle Johansen @kylejohansen on April 11, 2014
On Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals will look to add necessary depth to multiple positions on both sides of the ball. The Bengals will be looking for a new center to develop and this is a position that can be addressed later in the draft. Cincinnati can also add depth to their secondary by dipping into a deep pool of cornerbacks in this year’s draft. In addition, the Bengals will need to add depth to their defensive line.
Antonio Richardson could eventually be the Bengals' long-term answer at left tackle if he can refine his technique and use his massive size to its fullest potential. At 6-foot-6, 336-pounds Richardson moves well with great agility and athleticism, making him excellent in pass protection. However, he is not a finisher and does not have proper hand technique which may lead to his availability in the fourth round.
After the Bengals released center Kyle Cook, they will be looking for a new center to develop in the 2014 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-4, 315-pounds Bryan Stork is strong both in run-blocking and in pass-protection. His size allows him to be a solid anchor in the middle of the offensive line where Stork shows the ability to seal off defenders.
Justin Ellis is a run-stuffer with quickness at 6-foot-1, 334-pounds. Ellis totaled 5.5 tackles for loss last year to go along with 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection. Ellis will be effective at the next level by eating up space and taking on blockers, allowing other members of the defensive line to rush the quarterback. His calling card will be defending against the run, and Ellis would add necessary depth to the Bengals’ D-line.
Kareem Martin was incredibly productive in 2013 and could help the Bengals fill the void left by Michael Johnson. At 6-foot-6 and 272 pounds, Martin totaled 82 tackles last year with 11.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Martin had a strong 40-yard dash time of 4.72 seconds and features football smarts with good play recognition.
Rashaad Reynolds is an instinctive player, showing excellent anticipation and awareness with quickness and fluidity. He is also strong in run support despite being just 5-foot-10 and 189-pounds. Reynolds was a team leader for the Beavers with strong character and football smarts. He is also extremely athletic, ranking fourth at the combine in the three-cone drill and tied for first in the 20-yard shuttle. He would be a steal in the fourth round.
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