With the sixth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals will have plenty of options to fill a roster that could use an impact player on either side of the ball.
“The Bengals have a need for a playmaker at the running back position behind starter Cedric Benson and Wells is scheduled to visit the organization in Cincinnati the first week of April.”
For that to happen, Wells will have to slip past the likes of the Seahawks (4th overall pick) and Browns (5th), who both could use an impact runner and will likely take a long look at the Ohio State product.
“Wells may have put himself back in the running as a potential Top 5 pick after an explosive performance at the school’s pro day on March 13, rebounding from a so-so showing at the Scouting Combine last month.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer suggests there is a strong likelihood that the Bengals will use their first pick on an offensive tackle — choosing the best option between Baylor’s Jason Smith, Virginia’s Eugene Monroe, Mississippi’s Michael Oher and Alabama’s Andre Smith. If that happens, writes Joe Reedy, then expect the team to trade seven-year veteran left tackle Levi Jones.
“Any moves with Jones probably won’t be made until after the April 25-26 draft. Speculation about Jones being traded heated up after the Chicago Sun-Times reported on its Bears blog that the team would be interested in pursuing Jones in a trade to replace right tackle John St. Clair, who signed with Cleveland Tuesday.”
Of course, the Bengals could go in a completely different direction and draft Boston College DT B.J. Raji, as Pat Kirwan guesses they will in his latest mock draft. NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes thinks they’ll go with Monroe. Steve Wyche also says they’ll go with an offensive tackle, but thinks it will be Jason Smith, while Charles Davis is leaning towards Andre Smith.