Last year, I scratched my head when the Bengals
selected Dre Kilpatrick, given we already had seemingly two quality, relatively young, starters at CB in Hall and Pacman (strictly in my opinion has been JJo's true replacement - or you could say Newman/Clements, though they are on a rapid decline). Why would we spend a first round draft pick on a third quality CB when we were struggling in other notable areas? Because, as noted in Lucas Greta's post, Bengals Defense Played Over 50 Percent of Snaps Out OF Nickel Package in 2012
, we needed another CB to play in the nickel package, which has become increasingly necessary to address the ever-evolving passing offenses with 3+ receiver sets. Though not likely a starter, Kilpatrick will still play a very critical role as a nickelback - which may be overlooked by the casual fan, but nonetheless just as important (if not more so) as the other 22 starters on offense and defense.
In a similar way, drafting a second TE in Eifert with a first round pick demonstrates the Bengals' foresight by enabling their offense to evolve with two dominant TEs, despite the fact Eifert may never be considered a "starter".
This isn't just a BPA or insurance for Gresham's potential departure. This is the Bengals breaking the mold and evolving. Addressing non-glaring needs, but needs regardless. I'm a believer.
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