Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
I'd take Taylor Mays in the first round if available. I agree with StripeHype that it would be a mistake to take a TE or WR in the first round and expect immediate results.
I like the idea of Ballard in the 4th round or later because you'd have your blocking TE and your Receiving TE(Coffman) when you wanted to got to a 2 TE set.
Perhaps that's true. Ideally I'd prefer to trade a first round pick for Brandon Marshall or Anquan Boldin, both of whom are reportedly available. If the price is too high, sign TO.
Trade one of the 3rd round picks for Greg Olsen, who has fallen out of favor in Chicago with Mike Martz not believing in a pass-catching TE (I'm not a believer that you can count on Chase Coffman- guy couldn't get on the field when the top 2 guys at his position went out for the year in training camp, and the two journeymen brought in were dropping passes that were costing the Bengals games.)
Then you would have a 2nd and 3rd round pick to go after a safety and a slot receiver/kickoff returner like Mardy Gilyard or Jordan Shipley.
Can you imagine a Bengals offseason with the addition of a Larry Asante at safety, a Gilyard or a Shipley as a #3 WR/KR, Greg Olsen as a TE and Marshall, Boldin, or TO complementing Chad as your starting wideout? Wow.
It is very doable. The question is if Mike and Marvin have the creativity or foresight to do it.