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If the Bengals take a Running Back, who would it be? (Their history already tells us)

The last 3 RB’s drafted by the Bengals have all been very similar. They are undersized, shifty guys who can catch the ball if necessary. None have been the bruiser, workhorse types, but are merely situational guys.

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2011 Jay Finley 5’11”...200lbs

2009 Bernard Scott 5’10”...200lbs

2007 Kenny Irons 5’11”...200lbs

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With this in mind, it seems evident that for whatever reason (maybe you know, and will share?) this is what the Bengals are looking for to fill their roster. They want a 5’10”-5’11” 200 lbs RB.

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Looking at the current roster:

BJGE (5’11”...215 lbs) is similar to Benson (5’11”...225) and will likely have a similar, yet reduced role. Neither is elusive or fast, but both are inside the tackles types of runners who will get short-yardage and goal line carries. I don’t think BJGE will get as many carries as Benson got, though.

Brian Leonard (6’01”...230 lbs) is a typical WCO fullback – a bit undersized with good hands, although he is used as a 3rd down back.

Cedric Peerman (5’09”...210 lbs) is the backup that fans love because he tears it up on special teams, but never gets a shot on the offense.

Bernard Scott (5’10”...200 lbs) is the one that fits the Finley/Scott/Irons profile that the Bengals are so keen on drafting lately.
Chris Pressley (5’11”...260 lbs) is a prototypical fullback.

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The Bengals have invested all their RB draft picks over the last half decade on finding an effective 5’11” 200 lbs RB. They reached for Irons to fill it and he got hurt. They selected Scott to fill it, but have been unimpressed w/him, so last year they drafted Finley to replace Scott. But the Bengals apparently didn’t realize what most draft prospect analyst knew – Finley wasn’t that good. The Bengals eventually found this out, and Scott stayed around for another year.

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Looking at their recent history, it’s this 5’11” 200 lbs frame RB that the Bengals want to add to their roster. I think BJGE, Leonard and Pressley all have their roles on Gruden’s offense, and none of them fill this 5’11” 200 lbs spot, which they apparently want to upgrade over Bernard Scott. They unsuccessfully tried it last year, and will likely try it again this year.



So with that in mind, who in the 2011 draft best fits that 5’10~5’11”...200 lbs frame that the Bengals have been looking for?

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Isiah Pead 5’11”...200lbs

David Wilson 5’10”...205 lbs

Cyrus Gray 5’10”...205 lbs

LaMichael James 5’9”...195lbs

Lamar Miller 5-11”...210 lbs

Robert Turbin 5’10”...220 lbs

Chris Polk 5-11”...220 lbs

Doug Martin 5’9”...225 lbs

Trent Richardson 5’9”...230 lbs

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If their history is accurate in showing their desire to bring in a 200 lbs shifty guy, then it’s a Pead/James/Wilson type of running back that they are looking for. Wilson is probably a high/mid 2nd, while James and Pead are 3rd round or lower, and Gray is probably a 4th or lower. So I don’t see them using a 1st round pick on a running back

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260 lbs ...Chris Pressley

230 lbs...Brian Leonard

215 lbs...BJGE

200 lbs...(Wilson/Pead/James/etc...)

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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