Therefore Mocking the Draft has released an updated mock draft. Characteristically, the crew that runs the mock draft has identified cornerback as Cincinnati's greatest first-round need. It wasn't until last week that Mocking the Draft broke the four consecutive weeks selecting a cornerback as evident, here, here, here and here. What happened last week? They went with Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.
The selection must've felt wrong because on Monday, Mocking the Draft selected Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 24.
One of the few areas of need for the Cincinnati Bengals is at cornerback. While the team invested in Dre Kirkpatrick a few years ago, it's not too soon to go back to the well at cornerback. Justin Gilbert isn't too refined in his technique, but he does have a combination of size and speed which could make him dominant on the boundary. At the very least, he'll contribute on special teams early in his career.
Cornerback is becoming a consensus that requires a little navigation through offseason traffic. Does Anthony Collins return? If not, will the Bengals look for an offensive tackle and keep Andrew Whitworth at left guard? Will they instead revert back to the original formation with Whitworth at left tackle and Clint Boling at left guard?
In the end, we'll probably identify cornerback and offensive tackle as 1a and 1b respectively, picking the best value when their on the clock.