The Cincinnati Bengals are approaching a crucial 2013 NFL draft with a solid foundation already in place on the roster. How each round plays out next April will determine whether or not the team will remain competitive for the long run.
There is a lot to like in Cincinnati already. The past few drafts have been home runs, but the team appears to need one more before it can make a serious postseason run.
Cincinnati has a few specific needs on both sides of the football that must be addressed in 2013. Luckily for the Bengals, the impending draft class is littered with talented prospects at each position.
Keep in mind that the Bengals have made a variety of trades that impact the draft order in 2013. It obtained extra second and sixth round picks from the Oakland Raiders (Carson Palmer) and New England Patriots (Chad Johnson), respectively. Cincinnati also traded away its seventh-round pick for safety Taylor Mays.
With that said, let's take a look at a prospect the Bengals should consider with each pick come April.