After thinking about the draft, it seems amazing what kind of team the Bengals will be bringing on to the field. It would take hours to write about what each player brings to the table. So instead, I'll just list.
QB- Andy Dalton, John Skelton, Josh Johnson - I think Dalton turns it on this year. Year 3 is typically a good year for QBs, but the first two weren't bad in their own regard. There are some options at back-up too, but nothing you would hang your hat on. The good news is there is no QB controversy.
RB: Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Rex Burkhead, Onterio McCalebb, Bernard Scott- How much better did this group just get? And with the weapons on the outside, they can have more room to roam. Chris Pressley at FB is a solid citizen as well.
WR: A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Cobi Hamilton, Andrew Hawkins, Ryan Whalen, Brandon Tate- Obviously having A.J. Green makes for a formidable group on it's own. But there are a number of young guys who could step into their own this year. There are at the very least multiple options the Bengals could use depending on the play. I'll say what I think now, Jones breaks 700 yards, Sanu gets at least 7 TDs. And Hawkins blows up another game or two again.
TE: Tyler Eifert, Germaine Gresham, Orson Charles- The addition of Eifert and a year of growth from Charles makes this group one of the best in the NFL. They will open up guys on the outside.
O-line: Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Clint Boling, Otis Hudson, Travell Wharton, Trevor Robinson, Kyle Cook, Tanner Hawkinson, Reid Fragel, T.J. Johnson, Anthony Collins, Dennis Roland, Kevin Zeitler- Camp battles much? The starters are one of the best groups in the league, while the depth is uncanny. There will be at few starting quality players sitting on the bench, plus a PS squad stash or two as well.
Offense: Wow, what a group this is. There are practically no weaknesses, depending on your view of Dalton. Even the #2 WR spot is a strength in my opinion just based on the options. This could be a top offense in the league, but it all rides on Dalton of course. I am an optimist, but I still say he shines this year. He has yet to really disappoint, and with all of these options at his disposal plus the benefit of understanding and working in the system for 3 years this could be a breakout year for him.
LB: Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict, Dontay Moch, James Harrison, Emmanuel Lewis, Sean Porter, Aaron Maybin, Vincent Rey- There are some questions here, but this group is not a black hole by any means. There are a number of players who will be valuable.
CB: Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Brandon Ghee, Dre Kirkpatrick, Terrence Newman, Shaun Prater, Taveon Rogers, Troy Stoudermire. Another solid group with stars, early picks and quality vets littered throughout.
Safety: Regie Nelson, Tony Dye, Shawn Williams, Robert Sands, George Iloka, Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles- Nelson has one spot nailed down. I like the available options to play next to him, and there could be several different players used depending on the team and the game plan either the opposing offense or the Bengals defense is going with. It would be nice if there was a player we knew would be the guy any given Sunday. My best guess for that is Williams. Someone will step up this year. Developmental guys need time just by nature of the description. They won't all work out, but I would bet one will, and one is all we need.
Defense- This is a top 10 defense nearly every year, and they just got better. We'll see how much better, but I'm excited.
I just needed to put this roster down on paper to see it, thought I would post it for ya'll as well. This is a good time to be a Bengals fan.