The Cincinnati Bengals have put together one of the best rosters in the NFL over the past few seasons by building through the draft and free agency. Not only do the Bengals expect to hit on their first-round picks each season, they expect to unearth potential stars later on.
Even though the Bengals didn't lose too many key pieces this offseason, defensive end Michael Johnson being the most notable name, they do have needs to address. Those needs may not require instant starters, but they are still needs nonetheless.
The defensive line must be reinforced because Geno Atkins is returning from a torn ACL, and Johnson needs to be replaced. The presence of Wallace Gilberry and Margus Hunt lessens the necessity of finding immediate contributers. A similar situation exists in the secondary, as there are too many old starters, and Leon Hall is coming off the second torn Achilles injury of his career.
With all that in mind, it's time to look at some potential targets for the Bengals in the upcoming NFL draft.