Bengals a good first-round DB case study - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Take a good, hard look at the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive backfield and what do you see? Age and experience, yes. But what else? A slew of former first-round draft picks. Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Terence Newman, Dre Kirkpatrick and Reggie Nelson are all Bengals defensive backs who were selected in the first round. Free-agent addition Danieal Manning wasn't far behind them, either, going 42nd overall in the second round in 2006.
Bengals cornerback Leon Hall is happy with his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon this past season, and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp in July.
Deciphering what direction the Bengals will lean as the draft lands at pick No. 24 Thursday doesn't require a degree in Draftology.
Though quarterback Andy Dalton's play was among the Bengals-related concerns Munoz touched on, he also spoke for a moment about the direction he felt the franchise was going, and what he anticipated seeing it do when the NFL draft arrives Thursday night.
Cincinnati – LB Ryan Shazier (Ohio State): While the Bengals would love to add a cornerback here, none of the three left trump Shazier in the contribution they can offer right away. Shazier’s speed-and-instincts combination bests any other player in this draft at his position. He was a top performer among linebackers at the combine in the vertical jump (42 inches), three-cone drill (6.91 seconds) and broad jump (130 inches). More than that, his athleticism translates to production on the field. His arrival provides versatility with Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict. It opens up the possibility to move Burfict to his natural position in the middle and place Shazier at outside backer.
The Cincinnati Bengals are feeling pretty good about the roster they have in place. How good? According to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, they won’t enter the NFL Draft, which starts Wednesday, with an eye toward finding immediate starters.
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