As Free Agency has began to slow down it is the perfect time to take a look at the team needs for each team as we get closer to the 2019 NFL Draft. Listed below are the Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs as they head into the 2019 NFL Draft listed in order of importance.
Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs
What was once a strength of this defense has become a weakness with injuries and suspensions. Vontaze Burfict’s time with the Bengals is done and new Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo wants to bring back the Double A Gap blitzing defense. Needing athletic linebackers Cincinnati would love to add Devin White with the 11th pick, but may have to wait.
Cincinnati was supposed to be set at offensive tackle for years to come after drafting Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher back to back in the 2015. Instead both players are leaving in free agency with Fisher trying to reinvent himself as a blocking tight end. Trading for Cordy Glenn solidified the left side, but Cincinnati could target one of the top tackles in the Draft.
Guard was a position of strength with Kevin Zeitler but the Bengals were never able to replace him when the left for a big free agent deal. Christian Westerman was suppose to be that guy but he hasn’t been able to crack the starting lineup. The Bengals want physical maulers under new line coach Jim Turner so finding the right fit will be crucial.
When healthy Tyler Eifert has been one of the top tight ends in the NFL, the problem is he cannot stay healthy. Even though the Bengals resigned Eifert, he is on a one year contract which allows them to target either TJ Hockenson or Noah Fant in the first round or Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr in round two.
Andy Dalton has never gotten his fair share for what he’s done to help elevate the Bengals to making the playoffs five years in a row. Since then Cincinnati has not made the playoffs in three straight years as Dalton’s play has started to tail off. While the Bengals are not ditching Dalton, finding a young backup with starting potential needs to happen.
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