Hey everybody, first off Who Dey?!!! Secondly, this a mock draft I have put together from all the info that I have read from several various websites who have us taking a variety of players with our picks in April's draft. This is my opinion of who we will take from a realistic perspective, not from a "perfect scenario," but rather what I think is most likely to happen. The draft is obviously very fluid, meaning things change very quickly. Just yesterday Matt Barkley from USC announced he was going pro, so right there all prospects get bumped up a spot due to one less player to be drafted in the top 20. But as of today, 12/23/11, this is what I think is really going to happen.........Disclosure: All info taken is current as of 12/23/11 (ie- draft order) and is subject to change any second after I post this :)
Round #1 (17th overall, from OAK) - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. Why?:If your a loyal Bengal fan and have watched this team over the entire season, there really is no explanation needed here. With Leon's injury, Clements age and the relative unknown talent level of the rest of our secondary (other than Pacman of course), this pick is an easy one. Other possibilities: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska. Not as high a ceiling talent wise as Jenkins, but also without the off-field issues. Personally wouldn't mind seeing us take him instead, Jenkins and Pacman in the same backfield scare me. I mean legally scare me, more so than talent on the field. Other possibilities: David DeCastro, G, Stanford. This would be assuming he doesn't go in front of us, to say, San Diego for example. If, for some reason they pass, would love to make him our first pick. Unfortunately though, don't see this happening.
Round #1 (20th overall) - Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia. Why?: 2 answers, Nate Livings and Bobbie's injury. Hopefully Bolling is ready to start next season and we can add Cordy to solidify our line. The keys that stand out to me when reading the scouting info on Glenn is, "versatility." We all know how much Cincy loves this word and after this season it makes sense to have a G/T athletic enough to fill in other spots if needed. Other possibilities: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami. Could be a strong argument for him here, but I think we solidify our O line prior to worrying about getting our guy to carry to the ball. Plus, we can grab a running back with a similar skill set a little later in this draft. Other possibilities: Michael Floyd, WR, ND. The potential for this pick is not as crazy as it sounds. Floyd is a prototypical WR, who is NFL ready. Being an ND fan I will add, this guy is a beast. Putting him next to AJand kicking Jerome to the curb would be all to easy with this guy.
Round #2 - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin. Why?: A dynamic back who can do it all (Catch out of the backfield, pass protect, his name is not Cedric Benson, the list goes on...). Other possibilities: Chris Polk, RB, Washington. Very similar scouting report to Ball, but I think Ball comes out slightly ahead after combine results. Other possibilities: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State. I would love to put Safety Marc Barron here, but he'll be long gone by this point. It will be tough to keep all our current DL, especially a guy like Pat SIms. We would need to add some depth here for run support and Worthy is a monster.
Round #3 - Marcus Fortson, DT, Miami. Why?: Unfortunately if we lose Sims, we'll need additional depth up front on our defensive line. Fortson is a good value pick here. Other possibilities: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa. No question we need additional talent and depth at the CB position. Prater would satisfy both of those and provide two new corners that could contribute early on. Other possibilities: Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina. Additional talent to compete at the safety position must be addressed at some point, typically we choose until later rounds to do it. That is why I have listed as a second other possibility here.
Being it is only December and there is still a very long ways to go before the draft, am only looking at three rounds so far. As the draft gets closer will look deeper. The way it is looking right now, Oakland may tank and that first pick of ours could end up being a lot higher than #17. Will be interesting to see how that plays out. Also, this could lead to other interesting scenarios regarding some of the players we covet most, but will most likely be gone by the time we pick in the above scenario (ie- RIchardson, DeCastro, Kirkpatrick). Love talking draft, but hopefully ours ends up being higher because we're in the playoffs and making a run.
Looking forward to tomorrow, Who Dey?!! and happy holidays everybody.....