HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: (C) Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on in the second quarter as the Begals take on the Houston Texans during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis isn't ruling out the team moving up in the second round, according to tweets by Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. The admission surfaced during Friday afternoon's press conference that introduced the team's first-round draft picks Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler.
As for what that means, who can say.
The Bengals could combine a mid-round selection to swap second-round picks, advancing from their No. 53 spot, perhaps targeting a wide receiver or Courtney Upshaw, who is expected to be taken soon after the start of the second-round. Or the team could package a collection of mid-round picks with their recently acquired third-round pick (via trade with New England), to add a second second-round pick. We're thinking the former.
There's also the chance that Cincinnati could simply trade back from the No. 53 spot too.
"We do have some flexibility to move one way or another. To make sure we are online on the same things and have a good board set."
The thing of note is that the team is keeping their options on the table, using the value of their draft board to allow prospects to come to them, or move up in the draft to grab players that they really want.