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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Projections
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Marvin Lewis and the Bengals have their work cut out for them in 2011.

The Bengals were the biggest let down in the NFL in 2010. They went out and actively pursued a few different receivers before entering the season. A solid running attack brought the Bengals to the postseason in 2009, but the team all but abandoned the run early on when Cedric Benson had trouble finding his groove. Now the team will part ways with Terrell Owens and likely Chad Ochocinco. Even franchise quarterback Carson Palmer is trying his best to leave, vowing to retire if he isn’t traded.

On the defensive side of the ball the team has a lot of youth, but not enough playmakers. They will move some people around on defense, but need to get more depth and playmaking ability. The secondary features two very good cornerbacks in Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall, but after that the Bengals are in trouble. There is Reggie Nelson and Roy Williams back at safety; however, both are past their prime and on their way out. The Bengals will have to rebuild their team starting with a new quarterback, but they will need to keep the opposing teams out of the end zone too.

The Bengals have a pick in every round, and two in round seven. With all early picks the Bengals should be able to get some of the best players available in each round. They will certainly employ that rationale by the end of the draft when they have picked up positions of need. The Bengals will try to add day one contributors with the first three picks, all of which I think will be on the offensive side of the ball.

 


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