In Todd McShay's latest mock draft on ESPN (In$ider), the draft analyst went through multiple scenarios for each team depending on their circumstances heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, which is just a couple short weeks away.
For the Bengals, the first scenario gives the team a cornerback, Washington corner Desmond Trufant, with the No. 21 overall pick.
Scenario 1: Corner isn't a glaring need for Cincinnati, but Trufant would represent a good value at this point, and there is no such thing as too many good cover men for an NFL team.
Trufant could come in useful if Dre Kirkpatrick turns out to be somewhat of a bust, but it's way too soon to start labeling Kirkpatrick as anything other than inexperienced. However, a corner isn't a huge need, especially in the first round.
The second scenario is one in which the Bengals select an offensive tackle in the case that they can't re-sign Andre Smith.
Scenario 2: If free agent Andre Smith leaves town, the Bengals will be in the market for an offensive tackle. With Fluker off the board in this scenario, that could mean the athletic Menelik Watson of Florida State.
The tackle usually mocked to the Bengals in this scenario is D.J. Fluker out of Alabama, but Fluker went to the Giants with the No. 19 overall pick in this mock draft. If the Bengals can't re-sign Smith, finding a new right tackle becomes priority No. 1 and the team's No. 21 overall pick will likely go to finding Smith's replacement.
The third scenario would give the Bengals a running back, but also mentions the Bengals trading back.
Scenario 3: This might be a bit high for a running back, but the Bengals could trade back with a team looking to get into the quarterback market at this point. Should that happen, Alabama RB Eddie Lacy would be a fit as a complement to short-term solution BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
The Bengals are in the market for a running back to complement Green-Ellis and Eddie Lacy is a possibility. However, the only way the Bengals trade back is if they re-sign Smith and they sign a free agent linebacker or safety. There are too many needs, especially on defense and too many talented linebackers and safeties to trade back in hopes of drafting a running back.
Also, this year's running back class is deep, talented and versatile. There's a better than good chance that a back like Giovani Bernard or Jonathan Franklin will be available with the team's first second-round pick.
What do you think about these scenarios? Which do you like the most, if any?