OK, so 88.7% of the mocks i've seen over the last month are giving Cincy Vaccaro / Fluker at #21, and a RB (Gio/Lacy) with the first 2nd round pick. Actually it's probably closer to 98.7%, but anyway...
What's the point of posting or reading another mock if it's just the same old thing? Do we need to read 30 different mocks that all say the same thing? We get the point (i think).
So this mock attempts to avoid the conventional picks, and makes a play for something different. After all, not many expected Gresham in round 1, or Dre in round 1. And the Bengals always go BPA over need in round 2, so this mock is an attempt to break from the conventional.
Round 1: #21 ... Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Once seen as a sure top-5 pick, he's a candidate to fall due to spinal stenosis & a pedestrian 40 time.
Zimmer seems to like these 3-4 OLB's used as SAM's, and he would fit that bill.
He's from Georgia, which fits Marvin's tendency to draft from the SEC, and specifically from UGA.
Marvin tends to go with the biggest need in round 1, and with Burfict as the only good, experienced LB on the roster, LB beats out DE as the biggest need (since i'm avoiding S and RB).
Round 2: #37 ...Tank Carradine, DE, Fla St
Traditionally Marvin goes BPA in round 2, even if it's not a need pick. Whit, Rey, Still, Dunlap, etc... were all very highly rated by the Bengals, yet did not fit a pressing need. So the goal is to guess who may slip.
With MJ and Geathers, Dunlap & Gilberry signed, Tank certainly is not a need - this year.
But MJ and Dunlap will be free agents after the season. Geathers is steady but unspectacular, and Gilberry needs to show he's not a 1-year wonder in the Bengals' system.
Round 2: # 53 ... Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Finally the RB. The Bengals tend not to value RB's the same way the rest of the league does, which is why they've gone after guys like Chris Perry, Bernard Scott, Kenny Irons, Jay Finley, and Dan Herron ... none of whom was considered the best RB available when selected.
So even if somebody like Franklin or Gio is there, i'd have to assume they take a different RB, just because that's what they do.
Yes, he's a bit undersized and has a ton of mileage, and is likely the product of the the Wisc o-line power game, and a mix of R Dayne + M Bennett... but I just don't see the Bengals grabbing an RB that fans will be overly excited about.
Round 3: # 84 ... DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina
The Bengals finally grab a safety in the first 3 rounds - their first such feat since 2004.
Round 4: #118 ... Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
Another value pick in a guy who can play either tackle or guard. Can be a solid backup, with a chance to push for a starting role.