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What the Bengals Needs Are in the Upcoming NFL Draft

ESPN’s James Walker is out with his Draft Needs for the AFC North, and here’s his thoughts on what the Bengals could use in the upcoming NFL Draft.

When you’re picking so high in the draft, you have a variety of needs. The Bengals own the No. 4 overall pick — the highest in the AFC North — and could go several ways.

Currently, most of the attention has been put on Cincinnati’s quarterback position after Carson Palmer’s threat to retire. The Bengals say they’re taking this situation seriously, and speculation has increased that they might be interested in Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who reportedly will hold a private workout for Cincinnati.

But unless the Bengals are 100 percent certain they will trade Palmer or he will retire, they may want to address other needs in the first round, like the defensive line. Cincinnati needs more help with its pass rush up front. The Bengals can always come back and draft “Palmer insurance” in the second round. Prospects include Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, Florida State’s Christian Ponder or TCU’s Andy Dalton.

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