If Cedric Benson finishes the season with quality performances, then there's a chance that the Bengals could figure Benson in their future plans. On the other hand, I made the point that a weak free agency market could strengthen Benson's position for an inflated contract that may take the Bengals out of the running for his services in 2009. If that's the case, then the Bengals will be left with only Chris Perry and Kenny Watson under contract (aka, status quo).
That would mean the Bengals have to consider grabbing a running back at some point in the 2009 NFL Draft. I believe, easily, that the Bengals should go after offensive linemen in the first two rounds -- preferably a tackle and a center. However, for the sake of information, the National Football Post released their top-ten rankings for the NFL draft -- many underclassmen.