I thought it would be kind of cool to try and pull off a mock draft by using nothing but players from non- BCS schools (colleges that are NOT in a BCS conference). Obviously, there are going to be some players from the traditional power schools that I'd prefer to select (i.e. David DeCastro, Stephon Gilmore, etc.) but I just really wanted to see if I could actually manage a full mock for the Bengal’s using this criteria and without reaching TOO MUCH:)
I'll be honest, it actually turned out better than I anticipated and it was a great exercise to learn a little bit about some of the lesser-known prospects from the smaller schools.
Dontari Poe, DT/NT, Memphis (conference USA, non-BCS)
Height: 6-4. Weight: 346.
40 Time: 4.87. 10-Yd Split: 1.68.
Vertical: 29.5. Broad: 9-9.
He’s a huge physical specimen and honestly his game film is a little disappointing considering his almost super natural physical attributes. Having said that, he has shown flashes of being a dominant player and he definitely has all the tools to be a beast at the next level with right coaching and motivation. He’s had to deal with multiple coaching changes while at Memphis (coaching turnover) which may have also contributed to some of his inconsistent play. Considering the Bengal’s like to frequently rotate their defensive linemen, I’d expect him do very well in their scheme.
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (Mountain West conference, non-BCS)
Height: 5-9. Weight: 223.
40 Time: 4.47.
Vertical: 36. Broad: 10-0.
Arm: 29 7/8. Hand: 9.
He’s one of my favorite players in this draft. He’s a complete player who can run the ball inside or outside, he can block, and he can catch the ball effectively as a receiver.
Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida (Conference USA, non-BCS)
Height: 5-11. Weight: 199.
40 Time: 4.29.
Vertical: 38.5. Broad: 11-1.
Arm: 31 1/4. Hand: 9 1/4.
This guy has been soaring up draft boards after his stellar showing at the combines. In actuality it’s not like he just came out of nowhere because he was actually recruited highly out of high school by some pretty big schools (Michigan, Fla., etc.) but decided on CFU because he really liked the coach. He has the physical tools to be a very solid NFL CB and has a history of stepping up against better competition, which bodes well for his transition into the NFL (i.e. in 2010 he pretty much held our own AJ Green in check when CFU played GA).
Brandon Brooks, G/T, Miami of Ohio (Mid-American Conference, non-BCS)
Height: 6-5. Weight: 346.
40 Time: 4.98. 10-Yd Split: 1.71.
Arm: 33 1/2. Hand: 10.
He’s a big strong versatile lineman who has played both tackle and guard effectively, which is something the Bengal’s seem to covet. He played a Miami, Ohio but it’s important to note he also gained 60+ pounds since entering college and that could be part of the reason why he was looked over by a lot of the bigger schools around the country.
Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State (Sun-Belt Conference, non-BCS)
Height: 6-2. Weight: 235.
40 Time: 4.53.
Vertical: 38.5. Broad: 10-4.
I Really Really like him. He stood out at the senior bowl and showed he can compete against better competition. He has all physical tools be a really good LB and IMO even has the potential to be a real difference maker in our defense and that’s something we’ve been looking for from the LB position ever since Odell Thurman fell off the wagon.
T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, Florida International (Sun-Belt Conference, non-BCS)
Height: 5-10. Weight: 183.
40 Time: 4.34.
Hand: 8 1/2.
OK, he’s not as big as some of you may like, but I encourage you to go watch his game film. The kid’s a stud and he’s flat out dynamic when he gets the ball in his hands. He can play inside and he’s more than fast enough to blow the top off a defense down the field and on the outside. Not to mention, he’s an exceptional return man and would be a HUGE upgrade over Brandon Tate on special teams
Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion (Division 3, non-BCS)
Height: 6-1. Weight: 193.
40 Time: 4.34. 10-Yd Split: 1.58.
Vertical: 43. Broad: 11-2.
This kid is kind of raw but has all the physical tools we are looking for in a #1 CB, he stole the show at Michigan’s pro day. He's tall and fast, think of a more physical Antonio Cromardie, without the 1000 kids. He does need to become stronger and even more physical to compete at the next level and also still needs some work on his technique. Having said that, I envision him starting off for us on the practice squad and eventually in a year or two becoming a shutdown CB with the right coaching and development.
Janzen Jackson, FS, McNeese State (Division 1 AA, non-BCS)
Height: 5-11. Weight: 188.
40 Time: 4.57.
Vertical: 36.5. Broad: 10-5.
Red flag, Red flag, Red flag alert. But this is the time in draft where we can afford to take a chance on a kid with a red flag, NOT in the first few rounds at least IMO. He was recruited and played for Tennessee and then was kicked off there team. At Tennessee, he was a PLAYMAKER and if not for his character issues he would be a much higher pick. At this point, it's up to him to get his head on straight. If he does we've added a potential playmaker to our secondary, if he doesn't we simply cut his A$$.
Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota State (Missouri Valley Conference, non-BCS)
Height: 6-3. Weight: 214.
40 Time: 4.40. 10-Yd Split: 1.57.
Hand: 9 3/8.
Maybe the most intriguing prospect, I've come across to this point. He was recruited as a very good basketball player and didn't even play football until his senior in college! When he joined the football team as a senior he dominated lesser competition on pure athleticism. Because of his lack of playing experience the kid is obviously raw but on tape he appears to have very good hand and his physical tools and upside just cannot be ignored. A fast 6'3 athletic kid with a 41- inch vertical jump playing opposite AJ in a few years, can you say WOW match-up nightmare for opposing defenses.
Well there you have it, a complete non-BCS mock draft for your Cincinnati Bengals.