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Since we're in a mock draft mindset, the NFL.com released their own this week, addressing Cincinnati's need at defensive end.
Mel Kiper Jr. has the Cincinnati Bengals selecting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. Each of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft mock drafts addresses linebackers with Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter. And that was after selecting Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan in late December. The National Football Post mock draft has Cincinnati grabbing West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay picked Georgia linebacker Alex Ogletree. Our own Joe Goodberry gave the Bengals BYU defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah.
What we've learned in the past month is that the No. 21 is a tough prediction, that the draft board is too fluid to predict consistency and no one really knows whom the Bengals will pick -- largely because free agency plays a huge role in that, which is still two months away. Hell. The Bengals themselves, and probably 31 other NFL teams, are unsure.
But that doesn't mean we can't have fun with them.
Add another name to the list.
According to Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft at NFL.com, the Bengals will select LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery.
This lean All-SEC pick and Ted Hendricks Award finalist used very good quickness and a high motor to rack up nine sacks and chase down ball carriers all over the field in 2011. Like his high-profile teammate, Barkevious Mingo, Montgomery’s progression as a defensive player stagnated during his LSU career. Montgomery has some limitations as a pass rusher, but is a high motor player who holds his ground well against the run and constantly making tackles in pursuit. He figures to go on the second day of the NFL draft, projecting to a second or early third round pick.