The Bengals have plenty of depth at defensive back, but that could be changing soon.
Leon Hall, Reggie Nelson, George Iloka and Adam Jones and Chris Lewis-Harris are all set to have their contracts expire next year, and Dre Kirkpatrick may not have his fifth-year option picked up.
That might explain why Yahoo! Sports has the Bengals taking a defensive back with each of their first two picks this year. It starts in the first round with Alabama's Landon Collins, who's regarded as the best safety prospect this year. Even with Iloka and Nelson locking down both starting safety spots this year, adding a guy like Collins to start in the future is exactly the kind of move the Bengals make.
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Alabama S Landon Collins
What do you get for the team that has everything (except a quarterback)? A quarterback! OK, short of that, the Bengals take a top-tier talent and athlete who fits the mold of recent college safeties who have seen their limitations come to light in the NFL. Collins, though, has good playmaking traits and could be a good starter in time. Starting Bengals safeties George Iloka and Reggie Nelson both are heading into the final years of their deals, and the depth behind them is barren with Taylor Mays likely gone.
And in the second round:
53. Cincinnati Bengals — Stanford CB Alex Carter
Nearly the entire secondary is up for free agency after this season, so depth is needed.