2011 NFL Mock Draft: The 5 Prospects the Bengals Should Target At No. 4 Overall

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: The 5 Prospects the Bengals Should Target At No. 4 Overall
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The Draft!

The Bengals have several areas that need to be upgraded and this is not the season—I repeat—not the season to draft Carson Palmer's replacement.  

Too many character issues surround Cam Newton and the Bengals need to start off by looking at the needs that could get the team to the next level in 2011 (yes! this is possible!).

The Bengals need to stick with their drafting strength and look to start off with drafting either a defensive end, defensive tackle or offensive lineman (sorry Andre, it just is not working out).

Focusing on the following will build a successful team:

1. A penetrating defensive line that sacks the quarterback every game (and hits them plenty as well)

2. A protective offensive line which gives the quarterback time to breathe and throw the ball at will

3. A progressive offensive line which pushes forward for the running game to move up the field

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