How many Bengals 2014 NFL Draft picks will be starters?

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The Cincinnati Bengals came away with eight new players in the 2014 NFL Draft. While many of them have a lot of promise, the Bengals already have a loaded roster, and playing time as a rookie is going to be hard to come by.

The first pick, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, may face the most competition at his position. With Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and 2013 first-round Dre Kirkpatrick already on the roster, Dennard is going to find it hard to even get significant playing time.

Second-round running back Jeremy Hill faces a crowded backfield where Giovani Bernard is established as the top back and a potential star in 2014. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is also a serviceable backup.

While the Bengals did lose starting defensive end Michael Johnson in free agency, third-rounder Will Clarke is viewed as a project, who will need 1-2 years to develop before he's ready to handle a starting role.

The player with the best odds to start may be fourth-round center Russell Bodine. The Bengals traded up to grab him, and they made it clear Bodine is capable of starting as a rookie.

After that, fifth-rounder A.J. McCarron, sixth-rounder Marquise Flowers, and seventh-rounders Lavelle Westbrooks and James Wright need to worry about making the roster before thinking about starting an NFL game.

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