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I say look free agency 1st. Beanie Wells... Aj Hawk. But ball is the best rb option in draft. I want taivon Austin. I think they go OL or S 1st rd 2nd RB or LB 2nd OL or LB 3rd RB or DL or S
Ball is overrated, I don't see him doing much in the NFL. Go with The back from UNC or Lacey in 2nd round and maybe The former back from Auburn that transferred to Arkansas State a little later. Sorry I can't remember names off the top of my head, it's been a long week
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Yes we need a great running back, but the Bengals need offensive lineman first. It is the foundation that holds up the offense. Open the holes and give the QB time to throw. This should be their focus!
Killer post and I agree:
p/u a RB in FA
Keep us posted nearer to the draft then. I watch a lot of college fb but dont really get into the draft until a week or 2 before. Good insight with your picks in mock draft. That wd me very nice.
I don't think Bengals go interior o-lineman early, traveller Wharton comes back from injury and Kyle cook should be fully recovered. With those two our ground game will be greatly improved. I see a linebacker or safety with our first pick, but would expect the Bengals to try and trade back a few spots and grab more picks. I would love to see them grab margus hunt in the early second round if he lasts
You don't draft safeties in the first round unless Ed Reed or Ronnie Lott is out there. But I agree, expecting to get another year out of Crocker is Fantasy Island stuff.
Ball is the better all-around RB, but the wear on his tires and his size would keep me away from him. Lacey looks like a poor man's Trent Richardson, and Richardson is nothing special in the NFL.
Bengals should spend free agent dollars on a proven RB, and pump up that OL. That's where they should go shopping in the first round, to make up for that fat piece of OL garbage they drafted in the first round from Alabama a couple of years ago. Mauluga is too slow at MLB, but with Burfect on the roster I'm more worried about safety, too.
They've got a good number of picks, if they just draft sensible and don't reach like the moronic Browns, they could be in a really good position.
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After what just went down tonight with Teo, you should probably take a moment and revise your draft board.
Mike brown would never use all of that cap space, he's too fucking cheap.
Teo===Malauluga, can't cover NFL TEs, plus he's a liar!
I would NEVER take Ball in the 1st round, let alone a running back. There is no AP in this class...
Consider Malauluga GONE. We also have FA's in DE's Johnson and Geathers -- one if not both will likely be gone, which make a glaring need at DE, LB, and we all know safety.
At WR - we have Sanu coming back, and Marvin Jones really stepped it up. I see us taking a WR, but not as pressing as a DE, LB, S, RB, and Olineman.
As long as we go: DE, Safety, or Linebacker in our first 2-3 picks -- I'm OK then going RB, WR.
Of course all of this is a mute point once we find out what happens in FA.
From what I understand, with the new CBA he is going to have to spend more money than he has in the past. There is a threshold he has to get to, so for once he is going to have to open up his wallet.
However, I fully expect those dollars to be given to re-signing guys like MJ, Geno and Dunlop, and with Dalton and Green needing extensions after next year, I wouldn't expect a big splash in free agency.
You're being to kind when you call Rey a nice player. Dude is a liability.
The CHASE is on...
I would take Malaluga over T'Eo anyway talent wise and that isn't a good thing
Pop quiz: Who was the last "great" Wisconsin running back to have success at the NFL level? Based on that history alone, I'd have to pass on Ball.
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ha no. i didn't post it until after i read the deadspin story
it was mostly tounge-in-cheek......but if they can get him on the cheap they will do it
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So you would've passed on Randy Moss because Marshall had never produced a WR that had success at the NFL level? Marshall Faulk?
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Bengals received more good news today LOL:
Cincinnati Bengals DE/LB Brandon Joiner, signed by the club following the 2012 NFL draft, was released from prison this week.
Following the 2012 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals signed undrafted free agent linebacker Brandon Joiner out of Arkansas State. Joiner, who ran a 4.84 during his March 27, 2012 Pro Day, was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, leading the league with 12 quarterback sacks. He also generated at least a partial sack in 10 of 12 games during his final collegiate season. Joiner was also named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team, ranked second in the league with an average 1.29 tackles-for-loss per game.
On May 25, 2012, Joiner was sentenced to three years in prison after being indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery and felony drug possession. Joiner's lawyer said at the time of his client's conviction that he expects Joiner to be released on parole at some point late last year. Cincinnati, who were impressed enough with a dramatic character turn-around after the incident five years ago to sign him, announced that they were retaining his rights, meaning that when he's out and instated by the league office, Joiner is back in Cincinnati when his one-year contract would finally kick in.
Moss's talent was obvious in college. Undeniable. Easier to see a wideout's talent as they're on an island as opposed to a tailback's. Especially at a school like Wisky where they produce offensive lines and linemen year in and year out like OSU has produced linebacker's and SEC schools produce secondary personnel. Moss was a physical specimen at his position unlike anybody who'd ever been seen previous to him in just his measurables alone. Same could be said about Faulk to be honest. He was an all purpose threat unlike any or many who'd been seen prior to him along with off the chart measurables.
Ball just looks like another in what is becoming a LONG line of average Wisky backs running behind a great offensive line.
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I don't understand why people think that we need to go out and get a middle linebacker. Get rid of maualuga, move burfict back into his natural position and then resign manny Lawson and Thomas Howard is coming off of an ACL injury. Hopefully he recovers fine. We won't need a middle linebacker if this all works out.
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Te'o, while apparently a lying POS, is so much more talented than Rey that it isn't even CLOSE!! Te'o had a horrible NC game and I think now we know why as he was on the brink of being exposed. I watched him play all year and feel he could step in day one and start at MLB. With that being said, let's see if we can actually get a little bit of the truth before we come to a complete judgement.
As much as I love AJ, he can't cover a tight end either. Nice run stopper and an upgrade over Rey, I'm still thinking a more versatile MLB is needed.
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