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Former Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro will certainly be very high on the Bengals big board.
As was mentioned earlier, the Bengals have a good amount of roster holes that must be filled heading into the 2013 season. With a nice amount of early picks, they may be able to patch up some gaps via the draft.
This is a look at what the Bengals top-10 prospects could look like on their big board.
1. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The situation with Andre Smith is not going anywhere. Even though Marvin Lewis has been inclined to say that he feels a deal may get done soon, it still seems doubtful. Fluker would be a perfect fit to replace Smith at right tackle. Another Alabama product will bolster the right side of the line at a fraction of the cost of what Smith is asking.
2. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Vaccaro would be an instant upgrade to the Bengals secondary. They have been searching for a complement to free safety Reggie Nelson with little success. Four players attempted to start at the strong safety position in 2012, and all completely failed. This makes the safety position a very high priority in the 2013 NFL draft.
3. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Bengals recently signed James Harrison at the strongside linebacker position, but the corps is still short on talent and depth. This is where Brown could come in and make all the difference. Brown has great versatility as both an inside and outside linebacker and should be able to plug in to the defensive rotation immediately. He will give this defense a great deal of versatility that they have not had before.
4. Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Again, safety is a top priority for the Bengals in 2013. Cyprien would be a great addition if Vaccaro were already off the board. The ability to cover is huge for Marvin Lewis and Co. and Cyprien brings that ability to the safety position. He would be able to be a Day 1 starter in Cincinnati.
5. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Watson would be a great plug-and-play fit for the Bengals at right tackle. Cincinnati has made its intentions clear to take an offensive lineman early in the draft. Watson would be a great addition at 21 overall if Fluker was no longer available.
6. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
Defensive end is another position that could come up with the Bengals first selection of the 2013 NFL draft. Even though it is not viewed as a high priority, Cincinnati will still take it under heavy consideration. Michael Johnson received the franchise tag for 2013 and Carlos Dunlap will be a free agent in 2014. This would give the Bengals options at the position if one should depart in free agency.
7. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones would be another defensive end to consider at 21 overall. He is a great pass-rusher off the edge and would give the Bengals a very solid rotation at the position. Like Carradine, the addition of Jones would give the Bengals personnel options when decisions on existing contracts would need to be made.
8. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Last year, the Bengals selected Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round. This year, they could select another corner to team with Kirkpatrick and Leon Hall for years to come. It is so difficult to find reliable players in coverage which warrants the potential selection of a corner in the first round. An improved secondary will only further improve the stout Bengals defense.
9. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Trufant would be another excellent selection at cornerback for the Bengals and would be a great addition if Rhodes were not available. He would be able to make an immediate impact and strengthen a secondary that played very well over the last half of 2012.
10. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
Jones would be a very nice addition at linebacker if Brown would happen to be unavailable at 21 overall. He would provide an instant upgrade to the linebacker corps and would be able to see immediate playing time. This would give the Bengals added versatility at the position and allow defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to get very creative with his schemes.