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  1. 1. Drafting choices

    • Strongside Linebacker
    • Defensive Tackle
    • Defensive End
    • Free Saftey
    • Tight End
    • Wide Reciever
    • Offensive Lineman
    • Punter
    • Return Specialist

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Strongside Linebacker — The Bengals were decimated by injuries at linebacker in 2007, and they need to add some insurance and depth to the position. A franchise strongside linebacker who can dominate in all phases and stay healthy would be a nice addition.

Defensive Tackle — The Bengals have no one at defensive tackle that commands much respect from opposing offenses. They need a quick powerful tackle who can create an interior pass rush, collapse the pocket, and stop the run to pair opposite Domata Peko.

Defensive End — A young right defensive end who can rush the passer is needed. Justin Smith may leave through free agency. Even if he re-signs, the Bengals’ pass rush needs an upgrade.

Free Safety — If Madieu Williams leaves via free agency, the Bengals will have a huge hole to fill at free safety. If he doesn't, it wouldn't hurt to bring in some competition to push him.

Tight End — A tight end who can stretch the field and make it harder to double cover the wideouts could really open things up for Carson Palmer in the passing game.

Wide Receiver — With his off-field issues, Chris Henry can't be counted on to be around an entire season. A third wide receiver behind T.J Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson would allow the team to cut ties with Henry.

Offensive Lineman - Injuries took their toll on this unit last year, so a little added depth would be nice to insure against that happening again.

Punter — The Bengals were among the worst teams in the league in punting average, so an upgrade is needed... or at least a little competition.

Return Specialist — With the success the division-rival Browns found in Joshua Cribbs, the Bengals, along with most other NFL teams, will be looking for a game changer in that department.

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In order of my preferance. The best DT available. If we're left with 3rd or 4th choice DT and a top DE is there - grab him. If a top quality D lineman isn't available when we pick then go for the best O lineman available. Any skill guys we draft early this year will suffer the same fate our current skill players have for the past couple of seasons, on both sides of the ball - next to no help from the line of scrimmage. They will be wasted picks essentially, except lower draft choices aquired for depth/ST.

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I didnt vote because there wasn't a spot for all positions!

At number 9, the top DE will elude us, but nonetheless, that is what we need. Get an effective pass rush and our young, talented secondary will force teams to run, make them one dimensional. The two good DT's, Dorsey and Ellis will probably be gone by #9 pick as will Chris Long at DE. So might not be able to get that stud we need on D in that first round.

McFadden anyone?

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