Should the Bengals Draft a Tight End in the First Round?

Matt David@@mattdavidkyCorrespondent IIFebruary 15, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Jermaine Gresham #18 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball against Major Wright #21 of the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Point: Yes, J.P Foschi and Dan Coates are average at best. Chase Coffman is an obvious bust.

Counterpoint: Coffman is not an obvious bust. Foschi is OK and they can re-sign Reggie Kelly.

P: Kelly won't be back.

CP: The Bengals have not shown an interest in involving the tight end much. Why waste a top pick on a guy who won't get thrown to much?

P: They brought in Ben Utecht and drafted Coffman. They also tried to make a trade for Martellus Bennett. I think they would like to throw to the tight end. Plus, this is the team of Bob Trumpy and Dan Ross.

CP: Those guys were from Bengals teams that no longer exist. Now, back to reality. Foschi can catch and is a decent blocker. Coffman was a great receiver in college and will improve his blocking. They should be fine.

P: Maybe, but those guys aren't the answer. Good teams have a good tight end. Carson Palmer needs more options.

CP: Andre Smith just had surgery on his foot and may not ever become the right tackle they wanted when they drafted him. Bobbie Williams will be gone soon. Maybe they need to get another lineman.

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P: Smith will be fine. Another tight end would give them a lot more flexibility. They will be able to use double tight end packages.

CP: They have not used double tight end sets in quite some time. So who are you suggesting the Bengals take?

P: Jermaine Gresham is the top tight end. If he is there at No. 21, the Bengals should take him.

CP: Gresham is risky considering the injuries he has had. Maybe they could use another third or fourth round pick on a tight end.

P:  Gresham would be drafted in the top 10 if he didn't have those injuries. He will be a bargain at 21. Top NFL tight ends are first-round picks. Besides, a mid-round pick could land another project like Coffman.

CP: Coffman won the Mackey award and has great hands. Don't give up on him.

P: They could always use Coffman on third downs to help block and catch some balls.

CP: The Bengals need more help at other areas like safety, wide receiver, and defensive end.

P: There are going to be good players at those positions after the first round.

CP: Defensive playmakers are also usually first round picks. Anyway, can't they get a free agent tight end like Ben Watson or Bo Scaife?

P: The Bengals won't sign those guys and they aren't in Gresham's league anyway.

CP: Maybe. In the end, I just don't see them using that pick on tight end.