SB Nation released a 2012 Mock Draft on Sunday, giving the Cincinnati Bengals Michigan State Defensive Tackle Jerel Worthy. Right. Ridiculously early. But really. I'm simply sure you're relieved this isn't another Carson Palmer rumor. We have to relish those breaks when we can get them.
According to Fox Sports' Peter Schrager, who gives the Bengals the fourth overall pick totally disregarding our theory that the Bengals are far more successful during odd-numbered seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals will select cornerback Cliff Harris from Oregon in his 2012 NFL Mock Draft.
Even with new personalities, fresh faces and new leaders in the Cincinnati locker room, the Bengals find themselves in the No. 4 draft slot once again in 2012. They go with Harris, the star defensive back out of Oregon. As a sophomore in 2010, Harris led the Ducks with five interceptions and led the nation in punt returns for touchdowns with four. A bit smaller than some of the top corner prospects in 2011, Harris' dynamic skill set makes him a top-five pick in 2012.
Even if the Bengals sign Johnathan Joseph this offseason, as we've pointed out countless times, they'll be forced to make another major decision with Leon Hall. Even if the Bengals selected a cornerback in the first round this year, they would still have decisions to make this time next year. Then again, there's the virtually unknown Lindsey to add into the equation.