Although the Bengals did not make any major moves in free agency this offseason they did acquire a few good players in draft. Josh Jackson, who was projected to go in the early teens, and Tyler Boyd were both selected in the second round. However, many questions remain about their character. Here are three areas that the Bengals will look to address in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Bengals should pay attention to defensive tackle and will be drafting this position.
The Bengals were hoping to draft a wide receiver, but they missed out on Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, and William Fuller. William Jackson was drafted by the Bengals as a consolation prize. However, his film is excellent and he displays incredible athleticism. According to reports, he was rated No. According to reports, he was rated No. 11 by the Bears and No. 14 by the Raiders. Despite these weaknesses, he fills the Bengals secondary need and provides good value.
The Bengals’ defense should be able, despite injuries to key players, to remain competitive. They also have a solid roster, and last year’s unit was one of the best in the league. Dalton will have to remain healthy, though. While his play has deteriorated in the past, the Bengals have capable replacements at every position. It’s hard to bet against Dalton.
Defensively, the Bengals will be short-handed as they lost two key starters in Reggie Nelson and Leon Hall to free agency. However, their secondary is surprisingly young. Williams started four games last year in the absence of the injured George Iloka and has recorded one interception. While he’s still recovering from an ankle injury, he will likely return in time for the season opener.
At defensive tackle, the Bengals aren’t adding much, but the status quo is still a good starting point. Despite a lack of talent, Andrew Billings, a fourth-round pick, may eventually take over from Domata Peko. Geno Atkins is expected to return to form after recovering from an injury. This year, he’s expected to be dominant. The Bengals are a strong team in defensive tackle, but they need to address key weaknesses in secondary.
The Bengals had the opportunity to make a statement but they chose to go to a low place. They were the birthplace professional football. Although the NFL owner doesn’t want more money to be spent on the players he is enriching himself from Hamilton County and believing he is entitled to it because his father, Paul Brown, is. The Bengals are trying hard to make Ohio proud, but they don’t do enough to make it feel like a Southern city.
The Bengals’ offensive line was a top-five unit coming into the season, but that didn’t work. Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron were pushed around a lot, but never had a chance to develop a solid ground game. Hill had a great rookie year but was unable make the most of his workload. He was forced to beat defenses every single time.