6 Players the Cincinnati Bengals Should Target on Day 3
The Cincinnati Bengals came into this year's draft with several glaring holes that needed to be filled. Although the team didn't address safety until the third round, the Bengals did pick up a playmaker to pair with receiver A.J. Green, an explosive running back and raw pass rusher who could end up as a steal.
What is left for the Bengals? Depth at linebacker and on the offensive line is a must and although tight end Tyler Eifert appears to have big-play ability, the team still needs to find a second receiver to team with Green.
The final four rounds of the draft typically are used to build a team's depth and to shore up special teams, although gems can sometimes be found that could potentially make a team's future.
Who should Bengals fans keep an eye on? What follows are six players the Bengals should target on Day 3 of the draft.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Draft experts have Okafor going either in the late rounds or not getting drafted at all, an amazing fall for a guy considered a first-round pick just a couple of months ago.
Part of Okafor's problem is a bad showing at the combine, but his performance on the field at Texas was outstanding. The Bengals are flush with pass rushers so they can afford to be patient with a guy like Okafor, and that patience could pay off big time.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Nassib was slated by several experts to go in the first two rounds, but the Syracuse signal-caller is still on the board.
The Bengals are in need of a young backup after allowing Bruce Gradkowski to leave via free agency. Although the team signed Josh Johnson, Nassib will give the Bengals a chance to groom a backup to Andy Dalton. Nassib's experience in the West Coast offense will help with the transition.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
The troubled former Tennessee star is still available thanks to off-field problems, but he has the kind of talent that can allow him to succeed in the NFL.
The Bengals obviously like Mohamed Sanu and the second-year player could be the long-term solution at the second wideout position, but Rogers would add even more explosiveness to the mix.
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
The versatile Jones can play anywhere on the offensive line and is a born leader. The Bengals have no glaring weaknesses on the line but can always use quality depth.
In time, Jones could end up a starter at any of the three offensive-line positions, an important factor that Cincinnati should consider as it bolsters its line.
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Lattimore may have possibly been a top five pick if not for a horrific leg injury suffered during the season. As a result, a possible franchise running back is still available.
The Bengals are set on running backs and just drafted Giovani Bernard, but the lifespan of backs is too short to stand pat. Draft Lattimore, give him a year to heal, and reap the rewards in 2014.
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
The Bengals recently signed James Harrison, but the linebacking corps is still woefully shallow. Cincinnati will need to address the situation on Day 3 by drafting possibly as many as three linebackers.
Reddick would be a good place for the team to start. He is strong and will provide depth at not only linebacker but on special teams as well. He should be available in the late rounds.
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