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Walterfootball.com has it's latest mock taking:

1st round:

18th- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
What a steal for the Bengals. Trent Richardson falls in this version of my 2012 NFL Mock Draft because no teams needed a running back. It's surprising to see him this low, but then again, no one thought Mark Ingram would fall to No. 28 this past April either.

The Bengals have a great run-blocking offensive line. It's just a shame that they have nothing in the backfield to speak of. Cedric Benson is incredibly mediocre, and he'll be a 29-year-old free agent in March anyway. If Andy Dalton continues to impress, Cincinnati's offense could be really explosive with Richardson joining A.J. Green, Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham.

20th- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Cornerback is a need for Cincinnati. Nate Clements, who turns 32 in December, has been inconsistent thus far. He'll also be a free agent after the 2012 season anyway.

This pick almost makes too much sense. There's no question that Janoris Jenkins is the top talent available; if it weren't for his legal history, he'd be a top-10 selection. He'll get pushed down in the draft because of his multiple arrests, but a team like the Bengals will happily snag him off the board.

2nd round:

49th- Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
The Bengals have some issues at safety. Reggie Nelson is having a great year, but he'll be a free agent in March. Chris Crocker, who isn't very good, will be entering his contract season in 2012. Robert Sands, a fifth-round pick in 2011, is just a project.

Free agent's (info from football's future):

Carl Nicks (NO) - OG - Nicks is one of the premier guards in the league and after watching Jahri Evans strike a rich deal not too long ago, the Saints may be hard pressed to offer a second guard that type of money, though Nicks arguably had a better season a year ago. If Nicks doesn't put a hometown discount on the table, there's a good chance the market shows him more love than the Saints can afford to show him.

Ben Grubbs (BAL) - OG - Grubbs has been one of the top offensive linemen on one of the better units in the league over the past few years. Despite having some moving pieces next to him at left tackle, Grubbs has continued to excel. The team's run game is at its best with him blocking on the move. With some instability along the offensive line over the past few years, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Ravens address Grubbs' contract immediately.

Demetrius Bell (BUF) - OT - Bell is another under-the-radar player capable of protecting the blindside and is a vital piece to the Bills' offense with an expiring contract. Though he's an above average pass protector, he's an even better run blocker for the left side. The Bills have some work to be done to keep all of the pieces together, which could allow Bell to slip through the cracks into free agency.

Dwayne Bowe (KC) - WR- One subpar season aside, Dwayne Bowe has emerged into the number one receiver the offense needs. He's a big body and a good route runner with a large catching radius. His most impressive attribute is his body of work around the goal line. He's a complete mismatch with the fade, slant, and back shoulder passes and has shown the propensity to make the acrobatic catches on numerous occasions.

Marques Colston (NO) - WR- When healthy, Colston is a match-up nightmare for any corner. He's an incredibly physical receiver and a sure-handed, polished route runner. When he's available, he brings another dimension to the Saints offense that none of their other talented weapons possess. Though Brees has proven capable of running the offense without him, they're even more dangerous with him.

Robert Meachem (NO) - WR- Meachem is one of the younger receivers that could be a nice pick-up for an offense with a larger workload to offer. He's a good downfield threat and has nice instincts in the red zone. Unlike Colston, Meachem is more of a luxury for the offense.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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