Like it or not, Marvin Lewis has lead the Bengals to back-to-back playoff years. They resembled a well rounded team, that ranked 17th in passing offense, 18th in rushing offense, 7th in passing defense, and 12th in rushing defense.
Being middle of the pack has worked well enough to get them into the playoff mix, but a .500 division record might not be enough next year when dealing with a harder schedule. Furthermore, to make any noise in the playoffs, they should be able to beat teams such as Baltimore, Houston, or Denver on a regular basis.
This year might be the time for them to make a jump. A hole in their offense is at the running back position. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for just over 1000 yards, and is just mediocre at speed and power. Behind the Bengals powerful offensive line, BJGE saw his touchdown numbers drop to 6, when he easily had 11 as a Patriot the year before.He never fumbled in 4 years at New England; he fumbled 3 times in 2 weeks last year.
The Bengals need to add a back ready to start in case BJGE proves to be a bad investment.
Another problem the Bengals have is 3 of the DE's are heading for free agency, including starter Michael Johnson. Johnson had 11.5 sacks and 35 solo tackles last year, 3 of those sacks against RGIII. Some teams could see that as a valuable asset, and if the Bengals do not tag him, he could be gone.
Another DE ready to start could prove valuable to a team who's defensive line is up-and-coming in the league.
Enough about the Bengals With their first rounder, they could pick Ed Lacy, Sam Montgomery, Alec Ogletree, Dion Jordan, yada yada yada... Bet they would want two of those?
They have two 2nd rounders, and pick 21st, right ahead of our 2nd first rounder. What say we trade those picks? If anything, it would only cost us a 4th rounder in addition to our 22nd overall. Probably could get the trade without it.
Rams Mock Draft after Bengals Trade
- 1.16) Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
- 2.37) Matt Elam, SS, Florida
- 2.48) BPA (Examples? Ed Lacy/Gio Bernard, Robert Woods/Terrance Williams, Sharrif Floyd/Jonathon Jenkins, Jordan Poyer/Logan Ryan)
- 2.55) Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
- 3.80) Chris Faulk, LT, LSU
- 4.112) TJ McDonald, FS, USC
- 5.144) Mike Williams, TE, Alabama
- 6.176) Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
- 7.208) Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
Hope you enjoyed my reasoning and mock.