With two needs addressed during Thursday's opening round at cornerback and offensive guard, the Bengals can redirect their steadfast focus on other aspects on the team's roster, continuously improving the overall foundation. The general consensus is that the team will look at running back, wide receiver and a defensive end/linebacker hybrid during Friday's second and third round.
Dan Kadar at Mocking The Draft takes the available players and accounts for what teams did in the first-round, creating a second-round mock draft. With the No. 53 pick Mocking the Draft has Cincinnati selecting University of Miami running back Lamar Miller.
If you recall during the SB Nation Writers Mock Draft, we selected Miller in the second round, with our own Jason Garrison writing:
Even though the Bengals picked up BenJarvus Green-Ellis in free agency, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wants another guy to really get the ground game going for the Bengals, which will hopefully open things up even more for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Green-Ellis can get the tough yards and can play in goal-line situations, while Miller, a perfect change-of-pace guy, has the speed to get around the edge and can be a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
With a run-mauling guard selected in the first round with Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals running game will be that much better when the weekend finally concludes.
Our own Joe Goodberry offers up California wide receiver Marvin Jones at No. 53 in his second-round mock draft.
CBSSports.com also projects the Bengals selecting California wide receiver Marvin Jones in the second-round, followed by Bearcats running back Isaiah Pead and Nebraska defensive end Jared Crick in the third.
Bucky Brooks with the NFL Network offers an alternative in his second-round mock draft, with Cincinnati selecting Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry:
Marvin Lewis would love to add a hard-working edge player with rush skills. Curry is an underrated disruptive force as a pass rusher, and his presence would certainly bolster the Bengals' rush efforts.
Nate Davis with the USA Today has Cincinnati selecting Nebraska outside linebacker Lavonte David, writing:
They just gave up on Keith Rivers, but why not give underrated defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer the chance to integrate another outstanding athlete into his scheme?