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AFC North outlook: On the clock with the Bengals

Total picks: 11

First-round pick: No. 6

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Biggest needs: OT, DE, WR, RB

Losses: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, LT Stacy Andrews, S Dexter Jackson.

First-round projection: The Cincinnati Bengals will have several options, but the one that makes the most sense is getting a tackle to protect Carson Palmer. Alabama's Andre Smith lost his luster at the combine, and he'll have to mature quickly, but he would fill a huge hole left by the departure of Andrews.

Other scenarios: After losing Houshmandzadeh, the Bengals need receivers. Laveranues Coles, a free-agent addition, is a short-term answer. Sooner or later, the team has to get serious about rebuilding the defense. This could be the year.

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