The future stars of the NFL is here. The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft kicks off tonight at 8pm on ESPN. And for the Cincinnati Bengals who have the 21st pick have a few holes to fill in need.
The Bengals had a quietly productive off-season, choosing to bring back most of their key players instead splurging in free agency. They kept the core of their sixth ranked defense together, franchising DE Michael Johnson and re signed where I had questions about it LB Rey Mauagala and cornerbacks Adam Jones and Terrance Newman. Their only major addition was signing ex Steelers LB James Harrison. There reports saying Right tackle Andre Smith might return to the team, though it is believed that the two sides are far apart from a deal.
The Bengals have some flexibility here at No.21. They main target is at the safety position to replace Nate Clements and Chris Crocker. If Andre Smith doesn’t return, they could draft his replacement.
The main need is at safety though. Bengals currently have Reggie Nelson roaming centerfield, but team needs a physical playmaker alongside with him. My guess hearing reports is to draft Matt Elam safety out of Florida like Reggie he’s a hard hitter who can play uo in the box if needed. He is versatile enough to drop back into a single high zone or cover the slot receiver.
Another potential draft pick who I really like is FlU safety Johnathan Cybrien who had a private workout session with Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer. Cybrien isn’t well knowed as Elam but had an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl.
If Andre Smith doesn’t return, the Bengals could address the right tackle spot as well. Alabama’s DJ Fluker probably won’t be available at that point, so they will have their eye on Florida State’s Menelik Watson.
In my opinion when the Bengals spot comes commissioner Goodell will announced “With the 21st pick of the 2013 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals select Johnathan Cybrien safety Florida International.