Cincinnati Bengals Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer

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Cincinnati Bengals Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer
Al Behrman/Associated Press

It's quietly an important draft for the Cincinnati Bengals this year.

The majority of the team's playoff roster from last season is returning, but some of those returning players aren't fully healthy, while others are clinging to the final stages of their careers. With both coordinators now filling head coach roles elsewhere, maximising the talent on the roster will be vital for determining the team's success.

New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will be hoping to add more pieces to support quarterback Andy Dalton, but the opportunity to create some competition at the position may be too tough to ignore.

With Michael Johnson's departure in free agency and Geno Atkins' uncertain return from a torn ACL injury, new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is under pressure to keep the strength of his defense in tact. The draft can't be fully focused upfront though, because the secondary is ageing and an addition or two at linebacker also can't be ruled out.

The Bengals sit in a strong position entering the draft, but they need to keep the arrow pointing in the right direction or they risk regression to mediocrity.

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