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Even though the Bengals will have an offensive head coach for the first time in 17 years White Drew Sample Jersey , Bleacher Report thinks the Bengals will pick 3 defenders in the first four rounds of the 2019 draft."The Bengals have gone in a new direction and hired a young, 35-year-old head coach this week. It is just a matter of weeks before he gets to start building out his brand new roster.Even though Zac Taylor is fresh off his job as the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, Bleacher Report had the Bengals taking four defensive players in their new 7-round mock draft.In his introductory press conference, Taylor mentioned that he was excited to build the offense around the pieces they already have. This is probably a good idea, considering offense’s skill position players are loaded with talent. In fact, the Bengals’ losing streak started when the defense fell to shambles. So it would make sense that the front office wants to target defenders.Cue Devin White.The linebacker from LSU has probably been the one draft prospect most linked with the Bengals. So it’s no surprise that BR had the Bengals taking him with their 11th overall pick.Here’s what they said:White would make a perfect first round pick if, like in BR’s mock, other great prospects like Houston’s Ed Oliver or Alabama’s Jonah Williams are off the board.If the Bengals address the linebacker spot in the draft Drew Sample Jersey Mens , then their other prominent needs will be at tight end and the offensive line.So with White settling in comfortably in the middle of the defense, BR has the Bengals selecting Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round. In 15 games, Smith caught 44 passes for 710 yards and 7 touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 2018 season. Smith would be drafted to help a unit with three talented starters potentially becoming free agents in March.The only flaw in BR’s mock draft is that the Bengals don’t address the offensive line until Day 3, taking two lineman back-to-back in the fifth and sixth rounds. But, then again, there’s still free agency.Here’s how BR’s mock draft shakes out:(11) Devin White, LB, LSU(42) Irv Smith Billy Price Jersey , TE, Alabama(72) Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia(103) Terry Beckner Jr., DL, MissouriNate Herbig, OG, StanfordOlisaemeka Udoh Jessie Bates Jersey , OT, ElonSheldrick Redwine, CB, Miami(Note: since the compensatory picks have not been announced, the order for the last three rounds is still up in the air. BR went with draft position for those and decided not to include the overall number because that will change before the draft.)Who would you like to see the Bengals take? Going into the draft, ESPN still doesn’t have much faith in Cincinnati. Will they be able to prove them wrong?"The Bengals’ 2019 schedule is out, and the NFL draft isn’t far away. That makes this the perfect time for many outlets to check back in on how they currently feel about these teams before they start using draft picks. Mike Clay of ESPN went back and re-examined the over/unders set for each team’s win total, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it wasn’t favorable to the Bengals.The Bengals over/under is set at six wins John Ross Jersey , and Clay projects the team to have 5.5.When you consider that free agency is likely what influenced most of Clay’s decisions, it isn’t surprising that he didn’t view the Bengals favorably. Cincinnati made more moves earlier than we were use to, but it still was far from flashy. They added Miller who will start at right guard and be a huge improvement over Alex Redmond, but other than that they really added rotational players and kept their own free agents.Clay mentions that the Bengals’ roster is weak, which aside from some glaring holes at linebacker and offensive tackle I’d whole heartily disagree with. It is obvious that Cincinnati is banking on Zac Taylor being able to come in and do something with this set of players that Marvin Lewis’ staff was unable to. It honestly isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that Taylor’s new offensive system could be the jolt of life this team needs to start contending for the playoffs again. However, it doesn’t change the fact that to an outsider looking in that this is still basically the same roster that has failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons. This feeling could easily shift if the Bengals grab a couple of instant impact players on the first few days of the draft, but based on the roster now, how much has really changed?It is pretty easy though to see even just giving the Bengals a modern looking offense could do wonders for them. It still comes down to can Andy Dalton get back to his 2015 form? We will have to see how well he does in Taylor’s system Ryan Finley Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , and how well the rest of the offense is utilized.It is frustrating seeing the Bengals viewed so poorly by the national media, but these kinds of rankings are usually based on how flashy a team was during free agency. That is something the Bengals will never win awards for. Still, if Cincinnati wants to make their way back to the playoffs, they need to ht a few home runs in the upcoming draft. Ultimately though, winning is the only way to change the perception of this team. The reality is at this moment, this is roughly the same roster that has failed to make it to the playoffs or even achieve a winning record for three straight seasons.