Reviewing Day Two of the NFL Draft: The Cincinnati Bengals look to fill out their roster in rounds 4-7

 + Bengals Day Two Review

The Bengals got who most of us suspected were their man in QB Andy Dalton. Even if you don't like the pick or player, it's a comforting feeling to know your team targeted him throughout the draft and believes he can be their QB of the future. I personally like Dalton and I think with the weapons the Bengals have surrounded him with will increase his chances at being successful.

In the third round, the Bengals selected Strong side LB Dontay Moch from Nevada. Moch is the type of SAM backer I have assumed that Marvin Lewis would love to have. He had a vision with David Pollack being a SAM backer who can put his hand down and rush the passer on third downs. Ever since then, they have used former DEs (Jeanty, MJ93) to try to make the same conversion. Dontay Moch is a freak physically and should instantly upgrade the Bengals young pass-rushing group.

Biggest Reach: The Rams selected TE/H-Back Lance Kendricks with the 47th pick. On my board, Kendricks was the 131st rated player (-84 Value) and not even the best TE available. They must have an idea for how to use his strengths to their advantage because the Rams had bigger needs to fill and this pick was a reach in the 2nd round.

Biggest Steals: I had three first round caliber players left on my board. The Buccaneers got DE DaQuan Bowers with the 51st pick (+39 Value); He can be a special payer if he can play through the pain of an arthritic knee.

The Lions took RB Mikel Leshoure at pick 57 (+34 Value); he should give them a great 1-2 punch with Jahvid Best.

The Texans took CB Brandon Harris at pick 60 (+39 Value); he comes in and immediately helps their pass defense.

Biggest Risk: The Buccaneers have selected two DEs now, but both are risky players. Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers were highly productive in college, but since then, both have seen their stocks tumble because of injury questions. The Bucs are taking a gamble by putting all of their 2011 draft picks into players who may never be effective at this level because of unfortunate circumstances with their health.

 + Where does this leave the Bengals heading into day three?

 The Bengals still need to address T/G, S, RB, as their biggest needs. I could also see them taking a FB, TE, WR, CB, and another safety. The best part is, most of the positions they need to address have more value in these mid rounds. You can find starting Guards, Safeties and Running Backs in round s 4-6. Here's a list of my best available players and how they would fit into the Bengals plans...

1) Christian Ballard - LE/DT - Iowa - (55th on original board) - Ballard is still available because he failed a drug test at the combine. He was a projected 2nd round pick. If the Bengals took him, it would be because they wanted to add some interior pass rushing. Ballard can play DE or DT.

2) Marcus Cannon - RT/RG - TCU - (61st) - Cannon was a projected late 2nd - early 3rd round pick until a doctors found a mass in his pelvic area. They have diagnosed him with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His treatments should be done by June, but it has already scared teams away.

4) Clint Boling - LG/T - Georgia - (63rd) - Boling would be one of my favorites for the Bengals 4th round pick. He can play both G and T. I see his best fit inside and he's an 8-year starting Guard.

6) Jason Pinkston - G/RT - Pitt - (72nd) - Pinkston is another one of those O-lineman who can play multiple positions on the line.

8) Quinton Carter - FS/SS - Oklahoma - (74th) - Carter is my next best safety. I like his all around game, not great at anything but solid all over.

12) Taiwan Jones - RB/KR - E.Carolina - (82nd) - Jones is the most electrifying runner in the draft. He's still available and I think this could be an exciting Bengals pick. He has Chris Johnson speed and Barry Sanders agility. OK, not that crazy, but this dude is unreal.

15) Delone Carter - RB - Syracuse - (89th) - Perhaps the Bengals would like to go with a power run game? Let me suggest Delone Carter for them. He's my favorite player left in this draft and I think he would be a perfect fit in Cincinati.

+ Best Remaining players for Day 3

  1. Christian Ballard - LE/DT - Iowa
  2. Marcus Cannon - T/G - TCU
  3. Chris Carter - DE/OLB - Fresno St
  4. Clint Boling - G/T - Georgia
  5. Quan Sturdivant - LB - UNC
  6. Jason Pinkston - G/T - Pitt
  7. Ricky Stanzi - QB - Iowa
  8. Quinton Carter - S - Oklahoma
  9. Edmond Gates - WR - Abilene Christian
  10. Tandon Doss- WR - Indiana
  11. K.J. Wright - OLB - Miss St
  12. Taiwan Jones - RB - E.Washington
  13. Denarius Moore - WR - Tennessee
  14. Colin McCarthey - LB - Miami
  15. Delone Carter - RB - Syracuse
  16. Luke Stocker - TE - Tennessee
  17. Greg Salas - WR - Hawaii
  18. Demarcus Love - G/T - Arkansas
  19. Kendall Hunter - RB - Oklahoma St
  20. Brandon Burton - CB - Utah
  21. Greg Jones - MLB - Mich St
  22. Niles Paul - WR - Nebraska
  23. Casey Matthews - LB - Oregon
  24. DeAndre McDaniel - SS - Clemson
  25. Sam Acho - DE/OLB - Texas
  26. Jerrell Powe - DT - Ole Miss
  27. Tyler Sash - SS - Iowa
  28. Pernell McPhee - DE - Miss St
  29. Steven Friday - OLB - Virginia Tech
  30. James Brewer - T/G - Indiana
  31. Derrick Locke - RB - Kentucky
  32. Chykie Brown - CB - Texas
  33. Deunta Williams - S - UNC
  34. Andrew Jackson - G - Fresno St
  35. Mario Harvey - LB - Marshall
  36. Quizz Rodgers - RB - Oregon St
  37. Jordan Toddman - RB - Uconn
  38. Ahmad Black - S - Florida
  39. Rashad Carmichael - CB - Virginia Tech
  40. Ricky Elmore - DE - Arizona
  41. Dwayne Harris - WR - ECU
  42. Lance Kendricks - TE - Wisconsin
  43. Jalil Brown - CB - Colorado
  44. DeAndre Brown - WR - S.Miss
  45. T.J. Yates - QB - UNC
  46. Brandon Fusco - C/G - Slippery Rock
  47. Greg Romeus - DE - Pitt
  48. Ronald Johnson - WR - USC
  49. Chimdi Chekwa - CB - OSU
  50. Mark Herzlich - SLB - Boston College
  51. Willie Smith - OT - E.Carolina
  52. D.J. Williams - TE/H-Back - Arkansas
  53. DaRel Scott- RB - Maryland
  54. Greg McElroy - QB - Alabama
  55. Lee Ziemba - G/T - Auburn
  56. Jamie Harper - RB - Clemson
  57. David Carter - DT - UCLA
  58. Korey Lindsay-Woods - CB - S.Illinois
  59. Bilal Powell - RB - Louisville
  60. Jeremy Beal - DE - Oklahoma
  61. David Mims - OT - Mt. Union
  62. Cecil Shorts - WR - Mt. Union
  63. Kendric Burney - CB - UNC
  64. Chris Nield - DT - WVU
  65. Pierre Allen - DE - Nebraska
  66. Roberts Sands - S/OLB - WVU
  67. Stephen Schilling- G - Mich St
  68. Chris Hairston - T - Clemson
  69. Jeremy Kerley - WR - TCU
  70. Terrence Tolliver - WR - LSU
  71. Nathan Enderle - QB - Idaho
  72. Tim Barnes - C - Missouri
  73. Owen Maricec - FB/LB - Stanford
  74. Cliff Matthews - DE - S.Carolina
  75. Zane Taylor - C/G - Utah
  76. Jordan Cameron - TE - USC
  77. Deandre Brown - WR - S. Miss
  78. Lawrence Guy - DT - Arizona St
  79. Doug Hogue - OLB - Syracuse
  80. Brian Rolle - OLB - OSU
  81. Scott Tolzien - QB - Wisconsin
  82. Mark Legree - FS - App St
  83. Byron Maxwell - FS/CB - Clemson
  84. Ian Williams - DT - Notre Dame
  85. Lee Smith - TE - Marshall
  86. Dion Lewis - RB - Pitt
  87. Roy Helu jr - RB - Nebraska
  88. Ryan Jones- CB - NWMSU
  89. Johnny White - RB - UNC
  90. Cedric Thornton - DT - S.Arkansas
  91. Keith Williams - G - Nebraska
  92. Cortez Allen - CB - Citadel
  93. Virgil Green - TE - Nevada
  94. Ross Homan - LB - OSU
  95. Jake Kirkpatrick - C - TCU
  96. Josh Thomas - CB - Buffalo
  97. Stanley Havili - FB/H-Back - USC
  98. Justin Rogers - CB - Richmond
  99. Mike Mohammed - LB - Cal
  100. Eric Haag - S - Nebraska
  101. Joe Lefeged - S -Rutgers
  102. Adam Froman - QB - Louisville
  103. Scott Lotrus - LB - UConn
  104. Julius Thomas - TE - Portland
  105. Pat Devlin - QB - Delaware
  106. Jerron Johnson - S Boise St
  107. Zach Hurd - G - UConn
  108. Tyrod Taylor - QB - Virgina Tech
  109. Kris Odowd - C - USC
  110. Shilo Keo - S - Idaho
  111. Brandon Hogan - CB - WVU
  112. Jabara Williams - LB - Stephen F. Austin
  113. Chris White - LB - Miss St
  114. Ryan Bartholomew - T/G - Syracuse
  115. Dane Sazenbacher - WR - OSU
  116. Henry Hynoski - FB - Pitt
  117. Wesley Saunders - TE - S.Carolina
  118. Daniel Kilgore - G - App St
  119. Justin Boren - G - OSU
  120. David Arkin - G - Missouri St
  121. Adrian Moten - LB - Maryland
  122. Tori Gurley - WR - S.Carolina
  123. Andre Holmes - WR - Hillsdale
  124. Mario Fannin - RB - Auburn
  125. Noel Devine - RB/KR - WVU
  126. Jeff Meahl - WR - Oregon
  127. Shaun Chapas - FB - Georgia
  128. Anthony Allen - RB - Ga. Tech
  129. Alex Linnenkohl - C - Oregon St
  130. Martin Parker - DT - Richmond
  131. Josh Bynes - LB - Auburn
  132. Alex Wojciak - LB - Maryland
  133. Craig Cooper - RB - Miami
  134. Evan Royster - RB - Penn St
  135. Darvin Adams - WR - Auburn
  136. Derek Hall - G - Stanford
  137. Brian Duncan - LB - Texas Tech
  138. Daundre Reed - DE - Arizona
  139. Will Yeatman - T - Maryland
  140. Armon Binns - WR - Cincinnati
  141. Nick Bellore - LB - C. Mich
  142. Brandon Baire - DL - Oregon
  143. Greg Lloyd - SLB - Uconn
  144. DaNorris Searcy - S - UNC
  145. Chris Rucker - CB - Mich St
  146. Thomas Keiser - LB - Stanford
  147. Buster Skrine - CB - Chattanooga
  148. Kenny Rowe - DE/LB - Oregon
  149. Jarrad Tarrant  -SS - Ga Tech
  150. Bruce Miller -DE - UCF
  151. Schulyar Oordt - N.Iowa
  152. Lawrence Wilson - LB - Uconn
  153. Ben Chappell - QB - Indiana
  154. Stephen Burton - WR - W.Texas A&M
  155. Karl Klug  - DL - Iowa
  156. Richard Sherman - CB/S - Stanford
  157. Rich Lapham - T - Boston College

 + Mock Draft Scenarios for rounds 4-7

101st Overall Pick

Pick: Delone Carter - RB - Syracuse - This is a personal favorite player in this draft. I think Carter would be perfect for what the Bengals usually like in their RBs. He's a power back with great balance and strength. Much like Rudi Johnson, Carter is a bowling ball in the hole. He reminds me of Thomas Jones, who found a way to shed the bust label while under Jon Gruden in Tampa.

Value: Edmond Gates - WR - Abilene Christian - If somehow the WR position isn't addressed until the 4th round and Edmond Gates is still available, I could easily see this as the pick. Gates is Bernard Scott's cousin, so they should have the inside scoop on him. Gates is a guy with big upside to his game, so naturally he's been climbing draft boards. He's now a projected 3rd round pick, but with the Bengals picking so high in each round, they will find a few players with great value throughout the draft.

134th Overall Pick

Pick: DeAndre McDaniel - SS - Clemson - McDaniel is a SS with good range and ball skills. He projected by most to go between round 2-4, and as much as I like him, I don't see him going higher than the 5th round. He's had past character issues and isn't the greatest athlete at the safety position. I like him as a fit for Cincinnati because he has some deep coverage skills while also being a run support type of safety.

Need: Andrew Jackson - G/T - Auburn - Jackson is a left guard in the Eric Steinbach mold. Not as talented, but could be a starter within a year. Left Guard is arguably the biggest need on the offensive line.

Value: Ahmad Black - S - Florida - "Small and slow" is how Ahmad Black is getting labeled after running a 4.8 and measuring in at 5'9" 185 lbs. Forget that stuff. Black is a good football player and might have the best ball skills on any DB in this draft. Maybe not a franchise starting safety, but Black will make your team for the next five years at least.

Surprise: Ricky Elmore - DE - Arizona - Elmore was highly productive in college, but has been overshadowed by Brooks Reed's hair. Elmore is in the Aaron Kampman and Kyle Vandenbosch model. He's high-energy guy with a non-stop motor. Elmore might even be able to stand up and play SAM LB like a poor man's David Pollack.

167th Overall Pick

Pick: Henry Hynoski - FB - Pitt - Probably the 2nd best FB on the draft. Hynoski can fill the FB hole that the Bengals may have. They have Vakapuna and Pressley, but if this offense resembles anything like the offense Jay Gruden helped run in Tampa, they could possibly carry two FBs.  

Value: Jamie Harper - RB - Clemson - Another RB, and another player from Clemson. Trust me, I'm not a Clemson fan. Harper reminds me of Raiders RB Michael Bush. It's likely that the Bengals wait until the late rounds to take a RB.

Surprise: Byron Maxwell - CB/FS - Clemson - If you can't get Gilchrist, the next best thing might be Maxwell. He played both CB and FS equally at Clemson. I think his best days are ahead of him, and he's one of my big sleepers in this draft.

207th Overall Pick

Pick: Ryan Jones - CB - NWM St - Jones is a small school CB who has all the physical tools to play in the NFL. He has good ball skills and is a willing tackler. Could end up being a 3rd or 4th CB with special teams value.

Need: Alex Henery - K - Nebraska - With Mike Nugent's career with the Bengals in jeopardy. It's about time they invested an actual draft pick into the position.

Surprise: Mario Fannin - RB - Aurburn - Fannin is a little bit of a different type of big back pick. He's an excellent receiving threat out of the backfield and you can find creative ways to use him. He should find a way to help a team.

246th Overall Pick

Pick: Lee Smith - TE - Marshall - Big blocking TE that should pair with Gresham and cut down on the... "Number 74 is an eligible receiver."

Need: Brian Lainhart - S - Kent St - With safety being a huge need, I could se them taking two in this draft.

Value: Aldrick Robinson - WR - SMU - Could be a steal if Robinson puts it all together.

Surprise: Zach Clayton - DT - Auburn - Bengals showed interest in Clayton already, but maybe it was just to get more info on Nick Fairley. Either way, I think he will make a roster and I wouldn't mind having him with their last pick.

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