The Cincinnati Bengals hold the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft after making the playoffs. Even though the Bengals lost in the first round, but are still within their Super Bowl window, so adding a player who can contribute is a must in the draft. Here are three guys they could take in the first round of the draft:
WR Laquon Treadwell
Wide receiver became a pressing need for Cincy after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, and Treadwell could be their guy. A red zone threat and true possession receiver, Treadwell could be the perfect partner for A.J. Green, giving Andy Dalton another big, reliable target who is an excellent route runner. Plus, he was a projected top 10 pick before sliding recently - the Bengals won't let someone with that much talent slip past them.
DT Kenny Clark
The Bengals need a defensive tackle to replace Domata Peko, and Clark is a bigger defensive tackle they can pair perfectly with Geno Atkins. Along with being an excellent run stopper, Clark has the rare ability to consistently rush the passer up the middle, making him a valuable commodity.
LB Reggie Ragland
Ragland might not last until the Bengals' pick, but if he does, they could jump all over him. He is a guy that can not only step in and be a star right away, but be a star for Cincinnati over the next decade. The leader of Alabama's championship defense last year, Ragland is excellent at stopping the run and underrated in pass coverage - making him the kind of all-around guy that Marvin Lewis loves.Back to the Cincinnati Bengals Newsfeed