Bengals 2013 Mock Draft: 7-Round Projections After First Week of Free Agency

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Bengals 2013 Mock Draft: 7-Round Projections After First Week of Free Agency
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With Michael Johnson back in the fold at defensive end, the Bengals attain more leeway in the early rounds of the draft.

The Cincinnati Bengals have focused on re-signing its own core of players in free agency. Instead of making a huge splash on big-name free agents, Cincinnati has brought back key players from 2012.

Cincinnati has addressed needs on special teams as well as on defense so far after the first week of free agency.

Special teams players that have been re-signed are Kevin Huber, Mike Nugent, Clark Harris, Jeromy Miles, Cedric Peerman and Andrew Hawkins.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cincinnati has re-signed Robert Geathers, Vincent Rey, Wallace Gilberry and has placed the franchise tag on Michael Johnson.

Also, news recently surfaced that the Bengals are close to re-signing Rey Maualuga and Adam Jones (via The same report states that the team is also keeping the re-singing of Terence Newman as a high priority.

One big question left is that of right tackle Andre Smith. His asking price of $9 million per year has not found him any suitors. This could bring the Bengals back in play once Smith lowers his price tag.

It appears that the Bengals have solidified the defensive end position and are beginning to shore up the cornerback position as well.

Questions still remain about the right tackle and linebacker positions. However, these look like they can still be solved through free agency.

It looks like the safety position will remain a need heading into the draft. The Bengals were also unable to sign a running back and should be looking at the position early in the draft as well.

Let's take a look at what the Bengals' 2013 NFL Draft could potentially look like after assessing team needs during the free agency period.

All prospect combine information courtesy of

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