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First-round fits for Manti Te'o

Updated: April 5, 2013, 11:41 AM ET
By Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.


Q: The Cincinnati Bengals haven't done much in free agency this offseason. Are they simply content to build through the draft? Who do you think they could be looking at in the first round?

-- Ursula (D.C.)

A: Cincinnati is in a great spot, Ursula. For starters, as one scouting director said this week, the player a team can get at No. 50 in the draft is as good as the player it can get at No. 30. So with the Raiders' second-round pick from the Carson Palmer trade, along with their own, Cincinnati has a chance to really make some noise in the upcoming draft. And I think that's just another reason it wasn't overly active in free agency. The Bengals know they're going to be able to inject their roster with some youth and speed. A speedy running back to complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis would be ideal, as would more offensive line help. And it never hurts to bolster the secondary. Cincinnati is going to have good options available.


Q: Adam, I know you probably get Manti Te'o questions all the time, but I have to ask one more. Is he a lock for the first round right now? Where are a couple destinations for him?

-- Rex (New Mexico)

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