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It's still early and the Bengals are heading to the 2012 playoffs this weekend. In around the previews and coaching searches is a mock draft. We believe in variety.
Of the mock drafts that we've highlighted since November (of the ancient year of 2012), the Bengals have selected defensive hybrid Dion Jordan from Oregon, West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, Georgia linebacker Alex Ogletree and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.
The least popular has obviously been Austin, chosen by Russ Lande with the National Football Post, largely because he's viewed as being too similar to Andrew Hawkins in the slot. And if you have Hawkins, why do you need Austin?
During his third attempt at a mock draft, well before the predraft process, which will make this completely irrelevant (though it still entertains millions and millions of CJ fans), Lande chooses the same position, but a completely different player: Junior wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee.
The Bengals hit big time on their selection of AJ Green and like the potential of Marvin jones, but the chance to grab Patterson, who reminds us a lot of Falcons’ receiver Roddy White, makes too much sense as he would be a great weapon opposite Green.
Our own Joe Goodberry offers his analysis on the receiver.
Big play receiver with serious NFL upside. His considerably raw because he's a JUCO transfer just before 2012 and with that comes route running and consistency issues. He's a big, strong and athletic guy that looks the part. Great after the catch and it also shows with his ability to be a very good return man. He's probably a late 1st, early 2nd round pick in the mold of Stephen Hill (Jets), BUT with the added return ability.