Run D remains work in progress

Updated: March 30, 2005, 11:57 AM ET
Scouts Inc.
Hundreds of players already have changed teams, but with the draft still to come, there's plenty of time to continue plugging holes. Where are those holes? Scouts Inc. has made its list of needs for all 32 NFL teams:

Defensive tackle
The rushing attacks of Pittsburgh and Baltimore finished in the top 10 last year, so Cincinnati must improve a run defense that finished 26th in the league if it's to compete for an AFC North title. To accomplish that goal, the Bengals have to get stouter in the middle. Tony Williams is an unrestricted free agent coming off a season-ending ankle injury, and there is a very good chance he won't return.

The good news is Cincinnati has signed Bryan Robinson. Robinson isn't much of a playmaker and isn't a massive two-gap space eater, either, but he plays with excellent leverage and can hold his own at the point of attack, making him an adequate stop-gap starter. The problem is Robinson is on the downside of his career, plus, it remains unclear who will start opposite him, as John Thornton and Langston Moore tend to wear down when teams run at them regularly.

In addition, 2004 fourth-round pick Matthias Askew is coming off a season-ending knee injury, raising concerns about his durability. Ideally, Askew is healthy enough to win a starting job during training camp and the Bengals sign or draft a defensive tackle capable of competing for the starting job opposite him.


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