The Cincinnati Bengals had an up and down 2009 season. The ups include a sweep of the AFC North, AFC North Championship, winning record, and of course, a playoff berth. The downs, though, consist of the injuries, the pounding in New York, and the awful appearance in the playoffs. As the season came to an end, it was time to look ahead to the off-season.
One of the first events on that list, the 2010 NFL Draft. Tight end seems to be the only glaring need on this Bengals roster. With the surplus of talent at tight end, that should not be a hard spot to fill. Besides tight end the Bengals' could use depth at cornerback, safety, offensive line, wide receiver, and you can never have enough depth at defensive line. With that being said, here are five players the Bengals could draft this April.
(This is my first article so input is appreciated, good or bad)
6'2", 250 lbs
Hernandez is a speedy tight end with good hands. He broke the school record for career catches by a tight end with 111. The Bengals need for a tight end really showed last year. Think Dallas Clark or Mercedes Lewis, as they are not traditional tight ends.
6', 179 lbs
Gilyard is a speedy, versatile receiver, considered undersized. But Desean Jackson is a perfect example that big things can come in a small package. Can be a return man and a good slot guy for the Bengals. Think Desean Jackson except a little slower as he can be a game changer.
6'3", 230 lbs
Mays has been named "one of the best pure athletes in the draft" according to some. He is a great coverage guy with blazing speed and moves. Also, he is a great leader on and off the field, something the Bengals could use. The downside is his lack of being a truly "punishing" hitter. Think Ken Hamlin, as they both are great at pass coverage.
6'6", 330 lbs
Iupati is a physical and aggressive guard with good quickness and agility. Terrific run blocking would help Cedric Benson. Plus, with Bobbie Williams not getting any younger, a new guard with the potential of Iupati could be to good to pass up on. Think Davin Joseph, as he is a great run blocker with inconsistency at pass blocking.
6'5", 260 lbs
Hardy is an explosive player with a good first step. He also has good range along with a fantastic spin move. Although the Bengals have three to four good defensive ends, Hardy could be a great one. Think Adewale Ogunleye, as he is a strong pass rusher.