Originally Posted by Benihana
Agree on all fronts. I'd probably take Vaccaro over Teo as well. I doubt Jones will be there at 21. And I'd take Kelce in the 3rd or 4th round if he's there. I'm not sold on Gresham, and the Bengals have missed every good player to come out of UC in the last 5 years (ie T.Cole, C.Barwin, B.Celek, D.Wolfe, M.Wright, the Eagles center, et al) but have managed to give roster spots to the busts like Armon Binns.
I don't really blame the Bengals from missing on UC talent. It happens and its not exactly like UC is a hidden program with a few hidden gems. It does appear like the Eagles like the Bearcats quite a bit huh?
As for the draft I think what will be telling is what happens to Michael Johnson, Andre Smith, and Rey Maualuga. I think Smith must be retained. The NFL is an offensive league and I think Smith is an above average RT. I would like to have Johnson back, on an extension, not a franchise. Maualuga I don't exactly want back but I don't know what the Bengals think. The TE's are becoming an important part of the passing game and Maualuga doesn't defend the TE's well at all.
If you assume Johnson and Smith are back then the need goes directly to LB, S, RB, WR. If Johnson/Smith aren't retained then you have to put RT and DE in the mix. I like how the Bengals have been able to stockpile defensive lineman and want to see that continue.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Bengals try to trade down in this draft. With 3 picks in the first two rounds they have flexibility, you can use that flexibility to set yourself up for drafts to come, a la the Pats.