Scottishbengal Posted December 22, 2015 Report Share Posted December 22, 2015 OK, we're in the midst of the season with xmas just around the corner and a play-off game looming on the horizon. Probably not what most folk would consider the time to start talking about the draft, but hey-ho, it'll fill in some time between now and the end of the season :) What will influence the draft will be the players/positions lost through free agency, and the Bengals have a lot of contracts expiring at the end of the season (ages in brackets) :- O-Line: Andre Smith (28), Eric Winston (32) TJ Johnson (25) QB: Keith Wenning (24) Wide Receivers: Mohamed Sanu (26), Marvin Jones (25), Brandon Tate (28) D-Line: Brandon Thompson (26), Pat Sims (30), Wallace Gilberry (31) Linebackers: Emmanuel Lamur (26), Vinny Rey (28) Safety: George Iloka (25), Reggie Nelson (32) Corner Backs: Leon Hall (30), Adam Jones (32), Troy Hill (24) With Oogly Boogly and Jake Fisher being picked last year I can't see the O-line taking a high pick, if a pick at all. Re-sign Winston for rotation, re-sign Johnson for depth, let Moobs walk. Maybe a late round pick on a QB if a decent enough option falls, and let him and Wenning battle it out for the PS place. Re-sign either Jones or Sanu and then definitely take a WR in the early rounds. If Alford develops as a WR and returner then perhaps the unflushable Tate will eventually be sent down the pipe. Thompson, Fat Pat, and Gilberry are all rotational guys and with Hardison and Clarke in the wings then perhaps re-sign one and draft a guy. Who stays could depend on the $$ being asked for. LB - If an outstanding talent is there then perhaps they pull the trigger in the mid rounds. Safety is a tricky one. Iloka could be tagged and Nelson let go if he doesn't re-sign for a low $ contract. Shawn Williams and Derron Smith could push for more playing time. If Nelson (and/or Iloka leave) then S jumps up a few rounds on the board. CBs similar to safety. What contracts levels will Jones and Hall demand. Jones has had a great season and is versatile with returns but age is creeping up, Hall should play for nothing for the next two years. With Kirkpatrick and Dennard raring to go we could lose both Jones and Hall, re-sign Hill (who I know nothing about) and take a pick for depth. Other areas which may be considered but not affected by contract situations .... Kicker and a power running back So, in summary, and no particular order, the early picks could be Wide Receiver, D-Line, Linebacker, Defensive Back ...... and maybe just maybe a RB Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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