blueridge Posted March 30, 2007 Report Share Posted March 30, 2007 It seems to be a given that the Bengals will concentrate on defensive players in the draft. This, however, would be a mistake. Sure, the defense struggled last season, but it wasn't because the Bengals didn't have talented young defensive players. We have enough of those. They just need seasoning and opportunity. WE NEED OFFENSE! The strength of Bengals is their offensive unit. Their best players are on the offense. Yet that offense was only ranked in the middle of the pack in the significant categories,e.g. yardage and scoring, and was too inconsistent. Even the passing game struggled when we absolutely needed it, e.g. Falcons, Ravens 1, Buccaneers, Patriots et al. There is much room for improvement. And we need better offensive players at RB, TE, back-up QB and third/fourth WRs. The Bengals offense is close to being the kind of elite unit that will win a lot of games and contend for championships. At least, it is much closer than the defense. Lets face it, the Bengals don't have the nucleus of an elite defense. At best, we can hope for a moderate-to-pretty good mid-pack defense. But that's good enough if the Bengals' offense makes the next step forward to becoming an elite league-leading unit. That is a reasonable goal and we are well on our way. To accomplish that the Bengals need to draft offensive weapons.The Bengals are in desperate need of a pass catching TE such as Greg Olsen or Zach Miller.Indeed, in view of Chris Henry's impending crucifixion by the boy-band commisioner, the acquisition of another valid redzone target is essential. Another RB to complement Rudi is also a high priority;the often injured Chris Perry simply cannot be relied upon. IMHO,the players to target on day 1 of the draft are Olsen, Miller, Marshawn Lynch, Lorenzo Booker and, maybe, Dwayne Jarrett. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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