1. Marcus Cannon, OL, TCU-- The 350 pound road grader would be the perfect pick atop round 4. Cannon has experience taking directives from our new 2nd round QB, Andy Dalton, also from TCU. He is athletic enough to compete with Andre Smith at right tackle and whoever loses out could easily compete for a starting guard position.
2. Ahmad Black, SS, Florida-- If Mike Brown misses out on Cannon in the 4th, Ahmad could easily land in Cincy at this spot. He may be undersized but his instincts on the ball and big game experience could make him incredibly versatile in Zimmer's 3-safety sets, or in other situational packages as deep-cover or a blitzer off the edge. Plus taking the second safety off the board in round 4 could be a good value.
3. Greg Jones, LB, Michigan St.-- Jones should be available at the top of round 5 and would provide a major insurance policy in case of injury or in the event that Maualuga's transition to the middle is a rocky one. If 3rd rounder Dontay Moch can't adequately replace Rey at SAM or finds himself in Brandon Johnson's former situational role, Jones could end up playing the middle in 2011.
4. Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa-- I really love the tape I've seen of Sash. He's huge in run support but can cover pretty well also. Roy Williams, Ndukwe, and Crocker are all injury liabilities. (And I've pooped bigger than Tom Nelson).
5. Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse-- Carter could be a slight reach in round 5 or possibly even a 6th round steal. Definitely not a burner, but more like Rudi during his breakout years with the Bengals. What makes sense about picking Carter are his strengths cutting through holes on first and second down and pass-protecting on third (especially with the uncertainty surrounding Benson and Leonard). The biggest issue with this pick is Carter's possible lack of pass-catching skills in a west coast scheme.
6. Chykie Brown, CB, Texas-- Brown will likely never be a shutdown corner, but if we snag him in one of the last couple rounds he could provide some serious speed in the dime and quarter packages. The AFC North has way too many vertical threats at the slot position like Donte Stallworth and Emmanuel Sanders, that top end speed could come in handy.