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NFL Draft 2011: Bengals Targeted Kansas State Running Back Daniel Thomas In The Third Round

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If it weren't for the Miami Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals would have selected their running back in the third round on Friday rather than the closing round on Saturday. According to Pro Football Talk's Gregg Rosenthal, the Bengals had Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas "atop round three before the Dolphins drafted ahead of them to grab him" during the 2011 NFL Draft.

Along with Penn State's Evan Royster, Louisville's Bilal Powell, Thomas privately worked out with the Bengals in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. The Miami Dolphins traded their 79th (third round), 146th (fifth round) and 217th (seventh round) to acquire the Washington Redskins' 62nd overall pick, eventually positing themselves to select Thomas.

The Bengals ended up selecting Dontay Moch with their third round pick, helping address a need for improving the team's overall pass rush. It wasn't until the 246th pick overall that the Bengals selected Baylor's Jay Finley; a selection that Cincy Jungle's own Joe Goodberry called "easily their worst pick of the draft."

Obviously this means that free agent running back Cedric Benson becomes a huge priority this offseason when the new league year begins.