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Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: Bengals

1/15/2014

An 11-5 record and first-round playoff exit gave the Cincinnati Bengals the 24th pick in the upcoming draft. After a string of relatively strong draft performances, the Bengals are hoping to put together another entering the 2014 season.

There are any number of different positions the Bengals could turn to for their first-round pick, but expect them to specifically decide between either a defensive end or cornerback.

Michael Johnson, the star defensive end who earned the team's franchise tag last offseason, appears to be leaving Cincinnati in the coming months. Since the Bengals have other pressing needs in free agency, Johnson and his hefty price tag likely won't be getting brought back.

It depends upon how many defensive ends are taken before their pick, but the Bengals might consider looking at Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt and Oregon State's Scott Crichton.

If the Bengals end up using their first-round pick on a cornerback, they might target a trio from the Sunshine State. Florida's Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy and Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner are among the top six players at the position, per ESPN's Insiders.

Cincinnati also needs help at linebacker, safety, offensive guard and offensive tackle. Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor are first-round options at safety, and Clemson's Vic Beasley and UCLA's Anthony Barr are options at outside linebacker.

Check out Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 1.0 to see what players he thinks the Bengals should target with their first pick.