STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Michael Floyd #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish gets past Wayne Lyons #2 of the Stanford Cardinal to score a touchdown at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Mock draft season will finally come to an end this Thursday. The top 25 prospects--who've been analyzed and dissected over and over and over again--will finally have a place to call home and the speculation, arguments, and wishful thinking will finally become a reality. But before that fateful day, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk's Evan Silva gives us one more mock to get worked up about. The usual fate for the Bengals throughout the majority of mock drafts has been a first round selection of guard and cornerback--the two most pressing needs in Cincinnati. Silva, however, paints a different picture.
With the No. 17 pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select...
Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
The popular mock pick for the Bengals at No. 17 is Stanford guard David DeCastro, and very few projections believe Floyd, the second best receiver in the draft, will still be available by the time the Bengals are on the clock. Silva, however, believes that both DeCastro AND Floyd will be available at No. 17 with the Bengals favoring the star receiver over the star lineman. Floyd played phenomenally last year for the Fighting Irish, catching 100 passes for 1147 yards and nine touchdowns.
With the No. 21 pick, SIlva believes the Bengals will again go the route of "best available" with the selection of...
Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina
Coples, once considered a top ten pick, has steadily slid down draft boards as more and more concerns regarding his motor came to light. Recently, I wrote that ESPN's Todd McShay believed Coples could fall to No. 17, but the possibility he could fall even further seemed highly unlikely. However, the more time passes, the more Coples falls; and today Evan Silva believes he could possibly be available at No. 21.
Quinton Coples is a physical specimen. At 6 foot 6 inches and 284 lbs, Coples ran a 4.72 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. At North Carolina, Coples had 59 tackles and 10 sacks in 2010, but only 55 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2011.
What do you think of a draft of Michael Floyd and Quinton Coples?