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Evaluating the Bengals’ biggest remaining need following the NFL Draft

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Where do the Bengals need to focus on fixing next before the regular season begins?

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The Bengals have done a great job at addressing their biggest needs throughout the offseason.

The biggest hole to fill was at left, which the Bengals fixed by trading for Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn. Another key hole to fill was at center, which was addressed with center Billy Price in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. To help the ailing linebacker position, the team added Bills linebacker Preston Brown to the mix.

So, what is the Bengals’ biggest remaining need?

At ESPN, they have the Bengals’ right side of the offensive line being the team’s biggest remaining need. It’s hard to argue, as right guard and right tackle are major question marks going into the summer.

After taking Price, the Bengals did not to select another offensive lineman until Round 7, when they took a developmental project in Ole Miss’ Rod Taylor. They continuously passed on higher-ranked offensive lineman between Rounds 2-6, including Texas’ Connor Williams, Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby and Mississippi State’s Martinas Rankin, all so they could take three defensive backs and a running back, neither of which were viewed as even a minor need going into the draft.

Now, the Bengals have to hope someone emergers from the group of Trey Hopkins, Jake Fisher, Cedric Ogbuehi, Alex Redmond, TJ Johnson, Bobby Hart and Christian Westerman for those starting right guard and right tackle spots.

Two from that group will probably be the starting right guard and right tackle when Week 1 is here, though it’s not out of the question that the Bengals could swing a trade or sign a street free agent.

But while those two spots get all of the attention, there are other question marks on the roster going into the summer. We still don’t know who the starting defensive tackle next to Geno Atkins should be. Linebacker is also a major work in progress, even with the additions of Preston Brown and Malik Jefferson.


What is the Bengals’ biggest remaining need?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Right tackle
    (937 votes)
  • 8%
    Right guard
    (133 votes)
  • 7%
    (116 votes)
  • 1%
    Defensive tackle
    (32 votes)
  • 4%
    (68 votes)
  • 20%
    Head coach
    (328 votes)
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