If you've been paying attention to our Bengals team visits and draft tracker, as well as the periodic updates as to what workouts that team coaches and/or scouts were seen at, you'll note that we cite Chris Steuber frequently as a source for this information. He receives and shares solid draft information and is a sports talk radio host and draft analyst. He's a good follow on Twitter, if you're a big draft geek like we are here at Cincy Jungle.
Today, Steuber released three-round mock draft to the public. I figured that it was a notable mock to share, not only because it had three rounds to it, but it's also fairly realistic and plays out a great scenario for the Bengals. It also has some pretty neat pictures and effects with the layout. Let's review it after the jump.
First, at No.17, Steuber has the Bengals selecting Stanford guard, David DeCastro. If you are unfamiliar with DeCastro, you must have been living under a rock for the past two months. He is the top guard in the draft and our own Joe Goodberry did a thorough writeup on him, so check that out if you would like some more in-depth analysis on DeCastro. In a nutshell, this would be a great situation for the Bengals if DeCastro fell this far (which isn't out of the realm of possibility) and he'd step in and be a day one starter at guard.
At No.21, Steuber has the team taking the Dre Kirkpatrick, the cornerback out of Alabama who has been frequently linked to the team. Depending on who you ask, Kirkpatrick is either the second or third best corner in this draft, alongside South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore. Steuber has Gilmore going one pick before at No.20 to the Titans.
In the second round, he has the Bengals slated to pick the talented, but raw running back out of "The U", Lamar Miller. He's an early-entry to the draft and had a very strong junior season for the Hurricanes in 2011. Miller could be the speedy, shifty complementary back to BenJarvus Green-Ellis that the Bengals need to complete their committee. Miller would likely be good value in the middle-to-late portion of the second round.
And, my personal favorite selection, Steuber has the Bengals taking A.J. Jenkins in the third round at No.83 (note: Steuber made an error on his mock and shows the Bengals taking Brandon Brooks and the Saints taking Jenkins. He later explained that he meant for those picks to be swapped. He's currently working on fixing it, so if you check out the site and wonder why I said that the pick was Jenkins, that's why). Jenkins has been rising up draft boards thanks to an impressive 2011 campaign for the University of Illinois, as well as his equally impressive workouts heading into the draft. It's very possible that he could be a solid No.2 wide receiver at the next level and would come in to Cincinnati right away and compete for that job. He has a lot of upside and could go as early as the second round, depending on how the run on receivers goes this year.
Some other notable selections that Steuber mocked were Michael Floyd at No.13, Mark Barron at No.14, Janoris Jenkins at No.35, Doug Martin at No.36, LaMichael James at No.39, George Iloka at No.88, Ryan Broyles at No.92, and Isaiah Pead at No.94. He gave Cleveland a particularly great draft with them landing Trent Richardson (No.4), Cordy Glenn (No.22), Brandon Weeden (No. 37), and Alfonzo Dennard (No.67).