Every Sunday when watching the Bengals
(DirecTV) no matter how the game is going I typically end up focusing on all the things they do poorly/below average. This usually sends my mind off on a tangent about the upcoming draft. The truth about our beloved Bengals is that they lack talent in several key areas but make up for it with great effort and very good coaching. For example, look at the Steelers
starting 22 and compare them to the 22 starters for the Bengals. If you're honest with yourself there is no way you can rationalize the Steelers only being 2 wins better than the Bengals. Sure we have a few players that I believe have the talent to be top 5 at their position in the league. But it's only a few (Green, Dunlap, Gresham, Atkins,and maybe Dalton) and most of them are only puppies in a league ruled by junkyard dogs. So the question is, who in this draft is a Green, a Miller, or a Newton? A gamechager that significantly upgrades your talent while simultaneously closing the gap on the best teams in the league? I honestly don't see one in a position of need. But here is what I do see and what we need to focus on in the upcoming draft.
(1) We desperately need a new RB, someone with great balance and vision, a real gamebreaker who's also a major threat in the passing game. I like Bernard Scott
and Benson but they're not what this offense needs.
(2) We MUST get new guards, I love Bobbie Williams
but it's time to move on, we need size AND athleticism from our interior O-Line. Nate Livings
was never the answer, the only thing I can surmise is that he played with Whit at LSU and so they keep giving him chances. He's constantly falling off blocks and he's always on the ground. A good Coach that I know (he used to play for the Bengals) always says "bad football players are always on the ground". I believe that saying to be true. And lastly
(3) We need the best cover corner we can get. There's no telling if Leon Hall
comes back from injury the same player, I can't remember the last time a CB tore his achilles, can you?
Just some food for thought guys and gals, let me know what you think.
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