'Tis the season to mock! I love 'em and couldn't wait to put together the next version through all 7 rounds...........comp picks obviously not included.
Round 1, #24 overall -Darqueze Dennard, CB, MSU.
Gilbert goes to the Lions early, Dennard is still available at pick #24. The Bengals get possibly the best CB in the draft and someone that can play right away if needed. Zach Martin would have also been a nice pick here, but unfortunately I cannot see the Miami Dolphins passing on him, even though they recently signed Alberts.
Round 2, #55 overall - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia.
The Bengals address their future need at LT with a huge player that has a lot of physical upside. With a couple of Tackles going ahead, the Bengals are more than happy to land a prospect without the injury concerns of the other more highly rated prospects.
Round 3, #88 overall - Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas.
DE is still a concern for the Bengals after the loss of MJ. Jeffcoat is a very talented player who didn't quite live up to the hype surrounding his entry in college out of high school. Some more highly touted DE's like Kareem Martin are likely to go ahead of him, but he still has a lot of talent and ability to warrant a third round pick.
Round 4, #119 overall - Charles Sims, RB, WVU.
The Bengals need to draft someone to eventually take over for BJGE. Sims is a nice back who showed he is the complete package during the Senior Bowl. Good runner who can also catch the ball out of the backfield.
Round 5, #152 overall - Tyler Larsen, C, Utah St.
The C position for the Bengals will be an interesting one to watch come training camp time with Pollak, Robinson and a recently drafted rookie all vying for the spot. Obviously the Bengals believe either Pollak or Robinson can play it, but more competition and a possible future starter needs to be drafted to build depth at the position.
Round 6, #183 overall - De' Anthony Thomas, RB, Orgeon.
Eventual successor to Brandon Tate? One could only hope. Spending a late round pick on a speedy play maker is worth any type of risk this late in the draft. Thomas is a good pickup here and someone the Bengals seem more than just a little interested in.
Round 7, #216 overall - Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming.
This is about where I see the Bengals addressing the position. I would like them to pull the trigger much earlier, as is probably the case with most. I don't believe they will due to showing little concern about the position and continuing to assure everyone Dalton is the guy. Which we all know is the case next year anyways and depending on contract extensions, could potentially be much longer.
* Sources utilized: nflcountdown.com, cbssportsline.com, drafttek.com and walterfootball.com