CHARLOTTE NC - SEPTEMBER 26: Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals pushes DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers out of bounds during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber has put together a list of the teams with the best cornerbacks. The Bengals finished 13 on this list. He lists Leon Hall as the teams best corner, and had this to say about the Bengals depth at corner:
"Hall was playing well until his tore his ACL. The Bengals expect him back for camp, but keep an eye on just how effective he is. It would be a minor upset if rookie first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick is not starting in Week 1, especially with Hall's status cloudy and Nate Clements starting to show his age. Pacman Jones, Jason Allen and Terence Newman add some experienced depth."
No one seems to know if Hall will be ready to go when training camp commences. It s not even a sure thing that he will be ready to play week one in Baltimore. If Hall is indeed ready to go at Baltimore, it would be a huge addition for Cincinnati. It is interesting that Van Bibber thinks that Kirkpatrick not starting would be a disappointment. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy has consistently guessed that veteran Nate Clements would be starting opposite Hall when the season begins. Though Reedy did say that it was just his guess. Clements has also been discussed as a possible salary cap casualty. He is due to make over $4 million this season. Newman, Jones, Brandon Ghee and Shaun Prater will battle for jobs during training camp. Newman knows defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer well and Jones has an edge with being a solid punt returner. With so many questions at the corner position, 13 seems like the correct spot for the Bengals in these rankings. Along with the receiver position, cornerback will be one of the top position battles to watch during training camp.