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The NFL draft is another way of getting new players into the mix and the Bengals have become one of the better drafting teams over the last decade or so. The Bengals could go in a variety of directions with their first pick, but I think they ultimately settle on Matt Elam, the safety from the University of Florida. Pairing Elam alongside Reggie Nelson could provide an immediate impact in a shaky secondary.
The Bengals also need a center, defensive end, cornerback, linebackers, a wide receiver and a running back to relieve the Law Firm.
In the Second Round, the Bengals should try and find a linebacker, either inside or out to help offset the losses of Maualuga and possibly Lawson. I think Khaseem Greene would be an excellent fit on the outside and Alec Ogletree would be a perfect inside possibility.
The center position is not extremely deep, but Mario Benavides or Braxston Cave could be there in the mid-rounds and would be a good player to develop to take over for Kyle Cook in a couple of years or even next.
Cornerback is one of the deepest positions available and there are some great mid-round guys to look for like Blidi Wreh-Wilson of Connecticut and Leon McFadden of San Diego State.
Defensive end is also another deep position and I could see the Bengals going second round here and possibly looking at Margus Hunt of SMU or Datone Jones of UCLA. The Bengals also have Brandon Thompson and Devon Still, who did not play much in 2012.
Wide Receiver is another need and the Bengals do need to find a number two guy opposite A.J. Green. Marvin Jones has shown flashes and Mohamed Sanu is probably more adept at the slot position. I really like Quinton Patton from Louisiana Tech here and I think he would help A.J. Green in a couple of years.