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NFL Draft 2015: Bengals needs for second and third rounds

Taking a look at a handful of positions that the Cincinnati Bengals could address during the second and third round of the 2015 NFL draft.

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Wide Receiver: A.J. Green will almost certainly receive the franchise tag in 2016 while Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones will enter free agency next year if no extension is signed. If the Bengals go with a wide receiver in the second or third round, look for players with top-end speed -- which is has been a Hue Jackson obsession this offseason.

Tight End: No tight ends were selected in the first round -- unsurprisingly -- but now this position comes into play. Keep your eye out for Maxx Williams, Clive Walford and Jeff Heuerman. Tight end is a definite need.

Linebacker: For whatever reason, this will not get off my radar. Cincinnati released camp fodder linebacker LJ Fort on Wednesday and are clearly concerned about Vontaze Burfict's recovery from microfracture surgery. They signed linebacker A.J. Hawk in March and surprisingly used a second-round tender on Emmanuel Lamur. How about an outside linebacker with a pass rush specialty to address two concerns -- the team's awful pass rush in 2014 and a contingency if Burfict's recovery timeline takes longer than expected. For those of you still sour about the team draft Cedric Ogbuehi, this probably grinds your gears with the whole Bud Dupree miss.

Defensive Tackle: This will take more precedence on Friday, compared to Thursday (though I don't think defensive tackle will be addressed until Saturday, but who knows how their board looks). Is Florida State's Eddie Goldman on Cincinnati's radar or are they comfortable enough with the position to stick with the players that they trust? Even if the Bengals keep Domata Peko, my belief is that only Geno Atkins and Brandon Thompson are safe. Pat Sims (minimal deal) and Devon Still (who needs to produce now) could be roster bubbles, opening the door for a second or third round draft pick this year.

Safety/Cornerback: Ranked as the top safety in the 2015 NFL draft -- despite the Green Bay Packers drafting Arizona State's Damarious Randall (second-best and closely graded) -- Landon Collins is still on the board. George Iloka and Reggie Nelson will be free agents this time next year. Cornerback is also a position on Cincinnati's roster that will require replenishment. Consider the aging nature of the position with Leon Hall and Adam Jones, both of whom will be free agents at this time next year.