NFL Draft: Six Positions The Bengals Could Address Saturday

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Bengals have six picks remaining in the NFL draft -- a four, five, two sixes and two sevens. We identify six possible positions that Cincinnati could address; however in the end, all positions are on the table.

If the first round is all about prospect superstars, and the second and third rounds are starters and steals, the rest of the NFL draft becomes the point where teams look to build their depth and special teams, though starters can always be found. We take a look at five positions that the Bengals could address during Saturday's fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

LINEBACKER: One of those perceived "need" positions that Cincinnati has yet to address, outside linebacker has enough talent for Saturday's rounds to grab an effective player. Don't forget that the Bengals have four undrafted free agents, from Vontaze Burfict, Brandon Joiner, Emmanuel Lamur and Vincent Rey; even J.K. Schaffer was a college free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. There's talent can be found here. A handful of available outside linebackers includes Khaseem Greene, Chase Thomas, Trevardo Williams, Devonte Holloman. Inside linebackers is a little thin, leading with Kevin Reddick from North Carolina. With Rey Maualuga, Burfict and James Harrison, don't expect a starter.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Though Andre Smith signed a three-year deal Friday night, the Bengals could add another offensive tackle during Saturday's rounds. They hosted Ohio State's Reid Fragel and put him through an extensive workout. Eventually the team will want to go younger as Dennis Roland remains a stalemate on a one-year deal. Anthony Collins, who won't start barring injury now that Smith has returned, might try free agency again next year for a starting gig. Additionally the Bengals may have to look ahead with the accumulating injuries directly contributing to a declining Andrew Whitworth, who has struggled run blocking recently. Instead of using a top draft pick, Fragel allows patient development. If that pans out, the Bengals have a good backup left tackle.

RUNNING BACK: If we're predicting the the running back roster right now, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard are locks. Cedric Peerman is likely. Dan Herron and Bernard Scott are questionable. Johnathan Franklin, Andre Ellington, Marcus Lattimore and Zac Stacy are still available. Good talent falling in the later rounds due to the perception that running backs are generally a fading breed. However these players probably won't last very long.

DEFENSIVE BACK: It wouldn't be surprising if Cincinnati grabbed another safety on Saturday. Names available includes Bacarri Rambo, Phillip Thomas, Zeke Motta and Shamarko Thomas at strong safety. Available free safeties include Tony Jefferson, Josh Evans and Duke Williams. It's doubtful that they'll find a starting safety at this point, so the debate of drafting one is questionable. It's not like Cincinnati doesn't have a collection of non-starting safeties. Cornerback could be addressed with Jordan Poyer, Sanders Commings and B.W. Webb competing for a roster spot against a collection of non-durable players in Brandon Ghee and Shaun Prater -- though we're buying it just yet.

WIDE RECEIVER: Though we're not certain Cincinnati will address a wide receiver, players like Da'Rick Rogers and Quinton Patton are there. The coaching staff has expressed confidence in Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, but there is enough doubt on the bottom half of the roster to prevent a predicted "lock" description. And the Bengals love competition to find the best players available. Wouldn't surprise us at all.

BACKUP QUARTERBACK: There have been hints throughout the offseason that Cincinnati could target an eventual backup quarterback during the later rounds of the 2013 NFL draft. Plenty of recognizable names remain, from USC's Matt Barkley, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Arkansas's Tyler Wilson and local product, Zac Dysert, out of Miami University. Because the list of undrafted free agents could be dynamic, it's not a certainty that Cincinnati uses a draft pick. Why not wait for the college free agent period after the NFL draft?

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