“With the 21st overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select…” We all know that Roger Goodell will be saying that much on Thursday night. After that, it’s anybody’s guess.
Marvin Lewis has been looking at several different positions throughout the entire off season. He has finally narrowed it down so lately he has been looking at what players would fit his system.
We all know that the Bengals are looking at two spots specifically and are basically narrowing it down between one or two potential picks.
This is more than likely going to be the position that the Bengals are looking at. They don’t really have a dominate safety that they desperately need.
Roy Williams looks to be the starter for next season. Although that may not be a bad thing, he is getting a little old and it is starting to show. The Bengals need a younger safety to step in and take his place.
Because Eric Berry will defiantly be off the board by pick 21, that only leaves two candidates for the Bengals to choose from.
It seems like everybody has Cincinnati taking Mays. He is an unreal athlete, being one of the top athletes in the NFL combine earlier in the year. He ran one of the fastest times at the combine and first for the defensive back position. He is known for his large hits and his durability.
However, there have been some questions as to his ball skills and his coverage ability. However, if he is given the correct system to work in, he could really shine. The Bengals do have a pretty solid defensive coaching staff, and also Roy Williams, who he can learn a lot from.
Earl Thomas is about a polar opposite from Mays. He recorded eight interceptions last season, so he has good ball skills. He also has pretty good speed, which means he can hang with the faster wide receivers in the NFL currently.
While all his stats say that he is great, there are doubts about his size. Some people say that he is a little small to play safety. He is 5’10” tall, which means that there is a possibility he won’t be able to help covering against taller wide receivers and big tight ends.
However, another big downside is that he will more than likely be off the board by the time the Bengals get to pick. However, if he is still there, he is worth a look for sure.
Another option for the Bengals is to take a tight end. A dominant tight end is something the Bengals have been lacking as of late.
If you take a look at the perennial powerhouses, they almost all have a dominating tight end. If they want to join that elite group, they need a solid tight end.
They took Chase Coffman last season but, he was out with an injury. This spot allows for a great tight end to fall into their hands but if he is gone, there is certainly a couple of others who would still be worth a pick.
He is the number one tight end in the draft this year. He has all the tools needed to be a top-level tight end. He is big, strong, can catch the ball well. He would be a prime target in the red zone, especially inside the 10 yard line. He would be great because he gives another pass catching threat to Carson Palmer.
However, one of the biggest concerns is his durability. He just came off a huge injury last season and who knows how he will play once he gets on the field. Yes, he looked fine on the field but there’s always a chance that he may not perform as well when the lights are on and the game is actually going.
Rob would be just as good of a pick as Gresham. He is the second best tight end in the draft, and would still be around if Gresham got taken early. Gronkowski is another big and strong tight end, so he could be a real problem in the middle of the field.
He also is a very good blocker so he can block if needed. More than likely however, he will go out and catch passes. He had 16 touchdowns in his college career, which is pretty good for a tight end.
However, the biggest thing that is holding him back is… his back. He missed the entire 2009 season with a back injury. That is a major red flag for any player and this could be the reason why he slips down the draft board. However, if the Bengals are willing to take a risk and take him, he could turn out to be a great success.