2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals' 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

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The defending AFC North Champs are an athletic and hungry group, but have struggled in the early rounds of the playoffs. Here are five dark horse targets that the Cincinnati Bengals should consider in the first round.

5. Stephon Tuitt, DE

Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
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5. Stephon Tuitt, DE

Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
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After losing Michael Johnson to Tampa Bay, the Bengals could use a good replacement. Tuitt has great size and skills with rare movement. Projected to be drafted within the first two rounds, he would be a great fit in any NFL defense.

4. Zack Martin, OL

Zack Martin, Notre Dame
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4. Zack Martin, OL

Zack Martin, Notre Dame
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Protecting Dalton is key and with Anthony Collins going to Tampa Bay, the Bengals will have some flexibility with their offensive line. Andrew Whitworth will most likely transition back to tackle, but with his versatility to play either guard or tackle, Martin is a solid pick if he falls to the No. 24 spot.

3. Kyle Fuller, CB

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
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3. Kyle Fuller, CB

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
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Fuller could be a surprise pick in the top 32. He’s got surprising speed and with his instincts and versatility, could be a steal for the Bengals who are in need of a cornerback.

2. Dion Bailey, S

Dion Bailey, USC
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2. Dion Bailey, S

Dion Bailey, USC
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The absence of a dependable playmaker at the back of their defense brings a definite need. The chances of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor falling to No. 24 is slim, so Cincinnati might look to Dion Bailey. Bailey, who moved to safety last season, remained a play-maker for the USC Trojans. He recorded five interceptions with 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, .5 sacks and six passes broken up on the season.

1. Bradley Roby, CB

Bradley Roby, The Ohio State University
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1. Bradley Roby, CB

Bradley Roby, The Ohio State Universtiy
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Roby showed his skill set at the combine but his miscues from the 2013 season are holding him from a guarantee as a first-round pick. He has the talent to be a No.1 corner in the league with the right coaching.

 


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  • quinne

    that bailey pick definitely would be a surprise which makes him a great add on this list