The Cincinnati Bengals lost in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs for the fourth straight season, and are looking to improve their roster to finally get over the hump. In order to do that, they may make a splash on draft day via a trade or draft pick. While we’re not necessarily expecting any of these trades to happen, we wouldn’t be surprise. Here are 3 draft day trades the Bengals could make when the 2015 NFL Draft rolls around:
1) Trade a multitude of picks to the Redskins for 1st-round pick (#5)
The Bengals really need another pass rusher after they couldn’t find a replacement for the departed Michael Johnson this past season. Margus Hunt, Will Clarke, and Wallace Gilberry weren’t able to get it done, and Cincy needs to find someone they can line up opposite of Carlos Dunlap.
Cincinnati would be going for broke with this move, giving up a lot of picks to draft Missouri's Shane Ray or Clemson's Vic Beasley, two of the elite pass rushers in this class. However, they'd be getting someone who could have an immediate impact and really improve their defense.
2) Trade 1st-round pick (#21) and 4th-round pick (#120) to the Dolphins for 1st-round pick (#14)
Another one of Cincinnati's biggest needs is in the middle of their defensive line, and making this trade ensures they can draft Oregon DT Arik Armstead. He's the best defensive tackle in the draft, and most projections have him going to the San Francisco 49ers at #15 overall. Trading with the Dolphins would put them directly in front of San Francisco, ensuring they get Armstead.
3) Trade 1st-round pick (#21) to the Panthers for 1st-round pick (#25) and 5th-round pick (#161)
Carolina is planning on using their first round pick to improve their offensive line, and trading up would ensure they could get the guy they want. Cincinnati's needs aren't all that pressing, so moving back four slots to gain an extra pick would be very appealing to them.
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