NFL Draft: Potential Targets for the Cincinnati Bengals in the Second Round

Matt GrayContributor IApril 27, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals react after the Bengals selected Dre Kirkpatrick #17 overall during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The first day of the 2012 NFL draft is in the books, and the Cincinnati Bengals emerged looking pretty good after a whirlwind first round in Radio City Music Hall.

Trading down in the first round for the first time since 2004, the Bengals added more picks to their already sizable haul. The team now has two picks in the third round and three in the fifth.

So how will Cincinnati approach the second day? 

The Bengals came into the draft with holes at wide receiver, running back and room for improvement on the defensive line and at the safety position. Dre Kirkpatrick and Kevin Zeitler filled the more pressing issues at guard and corner, and now the Bengals will have some head scratching to do as they decide what to address next.

Cincinnati have the 53rd overall pick or the 21st in the second round. With it, the Bengals could look at taking either Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers or Nick Toon of Wisconsin to fill a need at receiver. That is, assuming that some of the bigger names are already taken (Rueben Randle, Stephen Hill, Marvin Jones).

However, with a bevvy of draft picks under their belt and their appetite for moving already whet, Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals could use their later picks to move back into the second round and perhaps add a defensive end or a running back.

There is a wealth of second-round talent at defensive end, with Marshall's Vinny Curry appearing to be the hot name in Bengaldom ahead of Round 2. Other ends of note who could be available at 21 include Andre Branch, Kendall Reyes, Cam Johnson and Tyrone Crawford.

With last night's run of backs at the end of the first round, the few top talents remaining might not be around for very long tonight. LaMichael James, Chris Polk and Lamar Miller are just some of the players still available, and the Bengals will consider moving up to grab one.

The name that sticks out is UC alumni Isaiah Pead, who has been praised by the Bengals staff for quite some time. They have had every opportunity to get up close and personal with Pead, and he could be their guy here.

Without wanting to jinx them, you have to be impressed by the Cincinnati Bengals' approach. After an impressive 2011 draft, they seem to be moving in the right direction. They're winning the numbers game right now, and with a gutsy performance tonight, the Bengals could really make some big strides.