Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boise State running back Doug Martin does running drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Free agency has changed the landscape of the 2012 NFL draft, as it was expected to. For the Bengals, who signed a guard, a cornerback, re-signed their free safety and are hosting running backs, it probably hasn't changed too terribly much, though. In Mocking the Draft's most recent mock draft, the Bengals go back to a familiar formula with their two first-round picks. The only difference is the two players are different than they used to be.
With the No. 17 overall pick, MTD picks.....
South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore for the Bengals.
Stephon Gilmore | Cornerback | South Carolina: The Bengals have quickly gone from arguably the NFL's best cornerback group to one of the most puzzling. A replacement for Jonathan Joseph last season couldn't be found and Leon Hall is coming off an Achilles injury. The team may have signed Jason Allen, but a player like Gilmore would boost the unit. He's a big cornerback with good quickness and tackling ability. He's been gaining momentum this offseason and if he's still there at No. 17, the Bengals have to pounce.
And then with the No. 21 overall pick, the Bengals select running back Doug Martin.
Doug Martin | Running back | Boise State: Cedric Benson's production has dropped and he's averaged less than four yards per carry the last two seasons. He's also 28. His backup Bernard Scott has never shown the ability to take over the top spot. The Bengals have shown this offseason they're after a strong back, so players like David Wilson and Lamar Miller may not be optimal choices. Martin is a better fit than Washington's Chris Polk.
I like this mock draft as I think that both Gilmore and Martin would be good picks for the Bengals. However, this draft doesn't address the guard position and the signing of Travelle Wharton isn't enough to fix the problems on the interior line.
What do you think?