This is my first fan post, and hopefully not my last. I really enjoy this site and all the post, so I put some thought into this mock draft and would enjoy your feedback.
#4) Patrick Peterson CB LSU, Every sports pundit has this guy as the best player in the draft, and he just might fall in our laps. I feel he can play SS. He's 6'0 220 lbs and runs a 4.3, this kid blew up the combine. Furthermore, we have to come to the realization that J. Joe is probably not coming back, If a deal hasn't been done already, it's not going to. Plus we have Adam Jones coming off a pretty good year, and we have Brandon Ghee a 3rd rounder last year. If J. Joe is asking more than 7 million a year, its most likely not happening. Could you Imagine Hall, Jones, Peterson, and Nelson as our starting DB.
#35) Christian Ponder QB Florida State, This kid is now projected to be an early second rounder, He comes from a school that runs a west cost offence, and seems to have all the intangibles to be good. Plus our new OC lived in Florida and and has connections down there, and might have seen him first hand. Plus with the CP9 problem we have to do something, I have the bengals trading Palmer for San Frans 2nd pick.
#45) (Trade from San Fran) Danny Watkins OG Baylor. This kid is 27 years old, but has experience. Watkins was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 Canadian Football League draft by the British Columbia Lions, but pro scouts expect him to be a longtime starter in NFL.
#66) Danial Thomas RB Kansas State. This kid is one of the top 4 to 5 running backs coming out of this draft, but he had a hamstring injury and didn't do the combine, so his draft stock will fall a bit. The kids 6'0 230 lbs, and fast. He rushed for over 1585 yards this year. I think he would be a great fit with B. Scott in a two back set.
#98) Edmund Gates WR ACU. This is the guy that wore Johnny Knox shoes during the combine and ran a 4.3 40. The dude is 6'0 foot and has a 40.5 vertical jump. He's big enough, weighing in at 192 lbs, and he has a family member on the Bengals, he's B. Scott's cousin, but the dude is good ether way. He had 66 receptions for 1182 yards and 13 TD, and leaves the school 1st in career TD and 2nd in receiving yards.
#130) Ross Homan OLB Ohio state. If Dhani Jones doesn't come back were going to need some depth, Brandon Johnson will be the starter, but this kid has good fundamentals and great leadership ability, he was voted team captain and could help out on special teams right away.
#162) Alex Henery K Nebraska. I know some of you will say this is stupid, but lets face facts, we don't know how Mike Nugent will recover from his injury, and this kid is one of the best kickers in college football. He made 18 of 19 and the only reason he missed that one was because it was blocked. The kid connected 10 field goals from 40+ yards away, and 2 from + 50 yards away. We need him and he's projected in the sixth round, so why not.
#194) Cliff Mathews DE South Carolina. Recorded 38 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks, during the season, and is considered one of the hardest-working, best-effort player. I just don't know with all the injuries we had last year. Antwan Odom could be cut, Gathers could be gone, Fanene might be injury prone we do need depth.