Here is my 1st 2012 mock draft. I'm trying to be as realistic as possible. Let me know what you all think.
1st Round - Pick 17 - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - This kid is a physical 6'2, 215lb, 4.4 running ballhawk. Got busted for pot so may slide to us. Our kind of guy. Obviously, DeCastro is the pick if he is here, but doubt he will make it pass Dallas.
1st Round - Pick 21 - Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia - Big, strong kid that would come in and give a boost in the running game. More of a mauler than a finesse player like DeCastro. The Bengals love drafting players from Georgia and would have good rapport with Boling and A.J. However, if we land DeCastro with the 17th pick, this becomes a DB pick such as Kirkpatrick or Jenkins.
2nd Round - Pick 53 - Doug Martin, RB, Boise State - Ray Rice / MJD built and all around game qualities. May not be here if he solidifies his 4.4 - 40 at the Combine. I do think we need to take a RB or DT in this round. If Martin is not there, then we take Pead, or a DT such as Alamenda Ta'amu or Dontari Poe.
3rd Round - Pick 84 - Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State - Next best safety after Barron. Good size and 4.4 speed. Earl Thomas like. We could also look at other Safeties such as George Iloka from Boise St. or Antonio Allen.
4th Round - Pick 116 - T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, Florida Int - No. 1 WR for Florida Int last year and Special Teams Ace of the Conference. Runs a high 4.3 / low 4.4. Could challenge for 4th or 5th WR spot and will compete to start as the Kick Returner. As we all know, Tate is not the guy. Need to upgrade with more speed and big play ability.
5th Round - Pick 5A - Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincy - 6'5, 300 lbs, 21.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks last year. Would be a great value pick here and would battle to get into the rotation.
5th Round - Pick 5B- Jeff Demps, RB/KR, Florida - It's about time the Bengals look into getting a true scat back with blazing 4.3 speed. This guy can do it all and could be very Darren Sprole like. Can you imagine a backfield with a bellcow like Michael Bush (please sign him), that would split carries with a faster, smaller Martin/Pead, and Demps come in on 3rd down and really change the pace? All of them can catch it out of the backfield. A nightmare for a DC. Sorry Scott and Leonard.
6th Round - Josh Robinson, CB/KR, Central Florida - Could come in and battle for the 4th CB spot and Kick Returner. I know A.J. Green would want him on the team. Robinson held Green in check when they played. 4.3 / 4.4 speed.
7th Round - Taylor Gentry, FB, N.C. State - 6'2, 250lbs, need to bring someone in to challenge Pressley for the starting position. We are all about a good competition.