FOXBORO MA - SEPTEMBER 12: The officiasl break up a scuffle between Andre Smith #71 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Gerard Warren #92 of the New England Patriots during the NFL season opener on September 12 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bengals 38-24. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Are you tired of mock drafts? So are we, but it is never too early to become at least somewhat familiar with the 2013 prospects. In his 2013 mock draft, NFLDraftscout.com analyst Dane Brugler has the Bengals selecting LSU offensive tackle Chis Faulk.
In this mock draft, Brugler uses the same draft order as the 2012 draft. He also added a couple of trades at the top of the draft. He has USC quarterback Matt Barkley going first to the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. At pick 21, Brugler has the Bengals taking Faulk, who will be a senior next season. Brugler writes:
"With 2009 first-round pick Andre Smith set to be a free agent after the 2012 season, the Bengals might be looking for a replacement at right tackle. Faulk started on the right side as a freshman moving to left tackle and starting every game last year, flashing NFL potential."
It is true that the Bengals may have a need at right tackle after this season if Andre Smith is not re-signed. It is hard to tell what the team will need a year from now, but there does not appear to be too many drastic needs at this point. The top running backs in next years draft appear to be South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Arkansas' Knile Davis. Both are coming off injuries.
While most of us are sick of mock drafts, it is an advantage to know the prospects before the college football season starts. This allows you to watch the prospects and imagine how they would look in a Bengal uniform.