September 10, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) catches a pass in front of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
Terence Newman turned 34 years old early this month. Nate Clements will turn 33 later in the year. Jason Allen (29) and Adam Jones (28) are approaching their 30s and Leon Hall (27) isn't that far behind. The gap between the youngest cornerback on the team (Dre Kirkpatrick, 22) and the oldest is 12 years. The Cincinnati Bengals cornerbacks are older and noticeably slower, far removed from their first-round draft pick status during their respective drafts.
According to the National Football Post, other teams are noticing the impact Cincinnati's older cornerbacks are having on the team's defense.
The Bengals need for Dre Kirkpatrick to get healthy and to make an impact. One front office man noted how their corners have looked old and slow so far. Aside from Leon Hall, who is coming off an Achilles injury, and Kirkpatrick, all of the Bengals corners will all be 29 or older by the end of the month.
Not that we're instigating draft talk two games deep into the season, but it has us thinking, first-round cornerback next year? Or at least a cornerback by Friday.