It's exciting to think about bringing in new blood to our team this year in free agents and the upcoming draft. Making my selections now knowing that Andre Smith and Michael Johnson resigning or leaving with dictate how we draft I will assume that the Bengals keep both because they are key players and prime positions for our young and upcoming team. With that being said, here are my selections for all 6 rounds.
21- Alec Ogletree LB- probably the most athletically gifted LB in this years draft and if he rips up the combine he may not be available. The former safety at UGA made the transition to LB two years ago and lead the Dawgs in tackles both years. Since he is a former safety, he is very smooth in coverage and better than most in space. He also brings a swagger with him that will work great with Vontez!
37- Tony Jefferson S- Started all 13 games at free safety ... named All-America Second Team by associated press .. named All-Big 12 First Team by AP and coaches ... named Academic All-Big 12 First Team. ranked second in the Big 12 and led the team with 119 total tackles, the fourth-highest total in the nation by a defensive back this year. Another tackling machine to add to an already good young defense.
53- Jordan Poyer CB- Poyer is one the of the nations leaders in interceptions and he possesses the skills to fit in a variety of defenses. Sometimes he plays to aggressive, but most of the time it pays off.
85- Mike Gillislee RB- Mike probably won't get the hype of some of the others in the draft, but he is in my opinion the most complete back in this years draft. Gillislee has preformed at a high level this year against the top SEC defenses.
115- Kenjon Barner RB- I can hear everyone now... What the heck is this guy doing? Back to back RB? We need an infusion of play makers at this position. Leonard is reliable but slow. Scott is coming off an ACL and has had his chance. BJGE is great at short yardage and goal line, plus he showed he can gain larger chunks everyone in a while. Barner is electric and will contribute on special teams too.
148- Datone Jones DE- Jones flashes talent throughout his college career but has been inconsistent. He is versatile and big with lots of upside, the Bengals would be wise to add more depth to the strongest part of their team.
181-Stedman Bailey WR- Hawkins has shown us how valuable playmakers are that can make people miss in the openfield. Bailey is explosive and another weapon that Gruden can add to the young nucleus.
190- Hugh Thornton OG- Depth for the interior of the line is good at anytime. Thornton is in the same mold as Zeitler, a mean nasty big boy made for the trenches.