Andrew Harbaugh | April 23rd, 2019
Does Mike Brown still own the Bengals? He does? Well then, let’s do a seven round mock that probably won’t look anything like what he will do come draft night!
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t had the flashiest offseason, considering their biggest headline has been that they are considering shopping former top ten pick, John Ross. While injuries have hampered Ross’ development, I personally think he is worth keeping around.
After 16 seasons the Bengals relieved Marvin Lewis of his duties and hired former Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor. Many believe Taylor is targeting “his guy” at quarterback and that Andy Dalton‘s days may be numbered.
There are many directions they could go with their picks, which makes this a tough mock to fill out but let’s see what they ended up with.
Round 1, Pick 11 Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The team has gone stagnant with Dalton at the helm and with a new coach in town he will want his own guy, that could be Jones. He has good mechanics and shown the ability to be coached which is promising but he must develop his arm strength if he is to be an elite level NFL quarterback.
Round 2, Pick 42 Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Prior to last year’s draft, the Bengals acquired starting offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and now they add more offensive line depth with the selection of Risner. He can play all five positions on the line which I think makes him the greatest value in the draft.
Round 3, Pick 72 Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
This team is old at a lot of positions and safety is one of them. Thornhill will make receivers think twice about roaming around the middle of the field and if he can work on some of his coverage skills he will fit in nicely.
Round 4, Pick 110 Gerald Willis, DT, Miami (FL)
The Bengals don’t have Demata Peko clogging the middle so why not take a hard-nosed and versatile defensive lineman from the swagger central of the NCAA. If Willis can develop his pass rush skills he could turn into an elite talent.
Round 5, Pick 149 Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
Williams could be a wide receiver one if not for off the field issues. The Bengals have shown they can look past those kind of issues. Williams would be a great compliment to A.J. Green and even step into that top receiver role if he needed to.
Round 6, Pick 183 Drew Sample, TE, Washington
The team re-signed Tyler Eifert but I give it two weeks into the season before he is hurt again. This is why drafting Sample is so important, he also is a decent blocker so he can help out both the quarterback and Joe Mixon.
Round 6, Pick 198 Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
The Bengals have needed a new starting linebacker for several years. Burr-Kirven is a tough smash mouth type player that Bengals fans should fall in love with right away.
Round 6, Pick 210 Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Love is still recovering from a torn ACL but he could be a third down back for the Bengals with his size and pass catching ability. If he has an ounce of the explosion he had in college he could be a solid weapon in Taylor’s offense.
Round 6, Pick 211 Ka’dar Hollman, CB, Toledo
A tall corner in a division that now has Odell Beckham Jr. and still has the likes of JuJu Smith-Schuster. He should get some early reps and if he can grow and develop he could become the steal of the draft.
Round 6, Pick 213 Austin Bryant, EDGE, Clemson
A dart throw of a pick to plug in for reps to give Carlos Dunlap and company a breather when they need it. Bryant would thrive in a situational pass rush role and could move inside depending on scheme and how he grows.
Round 7, Pick 223 John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
Ursua is a receiver that I have heard only one analyst talk about and that is Kyle Crabbs of the Draft Network. It is really a shame Ursua isn’t talked about more. He would be a fantastic slot for the Bengals because he has solid hands and decent route running. Ursua would be a nice weapon for whomever they have at quarterback in the present and future.
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