And you thought mock drafts were sealed away in a locked value with the NFL draft kicking off Thursday night. Not true -- though mock drafts now take a radical shift. Now that the star-power first round is over, the meat and potatoes of the NFL draft really begins on Friday with teams searching for value as starters and significant contributors. Plenty of talent remains and Cincinnati has historically shown (at least recently) enough to grab their share of steals between the second and fourth rounds.
How do others view the second round playing out on Friday?
Dan Kadar with Mocking the Draft released his second round mock draft, obviously taking into account what happened Thursday night. Kadar gives Cincinnati safety Jonathan Cyprien at No. 37 and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin at No. 53.
Evan Silva with RotoWorld.com also selects Cyprien, writing that the "Bengals may have drafted Cyprien 21st had Eifert not fallen." Silva gives Cincinnati North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard at No. 53.
ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. and Scouts, Inc. goes Alabama running back Eddie Lacy but instead of safety, snags LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu at No. 53. WalterFootball.com goes with Lacy at No. 37. Running back actually presents an interesting scenario because there's enough talent there that the Bengals can continue a best player available approach, even while addressing needs on Friday.
Dan Burgler with NFLDraftScout.com (via CBSSports.com) goes with Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin.