Round 1. Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
The Bengals select Ryan Shazier, the Junior out Ohio State with the 24th pick.
With the Bengals ties to Ohio State in recent years and the fact that Ryan Shazier was one of the first prospects they met with this offseason (like Tyler Eifert last year) drafting him is a huge possibility especially after you add the fact that they cut James Harrison. Ryan Shazier finished 3rd in the nation in tackles in 2013, with a total of 144. He also ran a 4.36 40 time during his pro day, the fastest amongst all linebackers, 4.51 by Kevin Pierre-Louis is the closest time. Showcasing enough speed to guard Slot Receivers as well as Tight Ends. His 42-inch vertical leap at Lucas Oil Stadium led not only all linebackers, but all players at any position (Lebron James vertical is 44' inches). A freak athlete and hard hitter with a versatile skill-set to drop in coverage, blitz and cover both sidelines. If drafted to replace Harrison there is no doubt in my mind that he'll play more snaps than Harrison did last year. With his skill set and versatility Paul Guenther is going to have him on the field regardless. He is a productive playmaker that would make us a better defense in many different ways.
Ryan Shazier Sophomore Highlights 2012 | HD (via Juice Bringers [Buckeye Highlights])
Shazier 2 (via Kyle Jones)
Round 2. Jeremy Hill RB LSU
The Bengals select Jeremy Hill, the Sophomore out of LSU with the 55th overall pick.
Hill racked up a total of 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He is efficient and fluid in his cuts, showing the ability to burst through the designed hole or skip laterally to attack another. A power back beginning the Hue Jackson era, giving us an unstoppable tandem with Hill and Bernard in the backfield. Hill is an effective receiver out of the backfield with long arms, soft hands and good hand-eye coordination to track down short passes. Another big possibility for the Bengals and fits Hue's description.
Round 3. Weston Richburg C Colorado State
The Bengals select Weston Richburg, the Senior out of Colorado State with the 88th pick.
A day 1 replacement for Kyle Cook as well as a needed upgrade for the Center position. The 6'4 and 300 lb senior from CSU is considered to be one of the best center prospects in the upcoming draft.
Weston Richburg vs Alabama (2013) (via Josh DB)
Round 4. Kenny Ladler S Vanderbilt
The Bengals select Kenny Ladler, the Senior out of Vanderbilt with the 121st pick.
Ladler an underrated safety from Vanderbilt, that racked up a total of 89 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles.He steadily improved throughout his career with starting experience at both strong and free safety. Valued special teams contributor on the punt and punt return units.
Kenny Ladler Intercepts Shaw and South Carolina (via vucommodores)
Round 5. Robert Herron WR Wyoming
The Bengals select Robert Herron, the Senior out of Wyoming with 158th pick.
Herron has good body control and soft hands to adjust to inaccurate passes. At the combine Herron ran a 4.48 40 time showcasing his straight line speed. Last season he caught 72 passes for 937 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Robert Herron vs Texas (2012) (via DCheeseB)
Round 6. De'anthony Thomas RB/WR/KR Oregon
The Bengals select De'anthony Thomas, the Junior out of Oregon with the 196th pick.
Thomas is a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball. A true playmaker at basically any position that he plays. He shows good vision, locating holes and slithering through them to get into the open field.If drafted he would mainly be used as a kick and punt return man but, he offers the versatility to play several roles, potentially freeing up a roster spot due for other players.
De'Anthony Thomas (The Black Mamba) 1080p HD (via theSeanGshow)
Round 6. (COMP)Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
The Bengals select Dexter McDougle, the Senior out of Maryland with the 212th pick.
Adding depth to the corner position McDougle, who injured his shoulder after recording 8 tackles and 2 interceptions vs Connecticut leaving him out for the rest of the season.
Official Highlight Tape of #25 Dexter McDougle (via King's Kid Prod.)
Round 7. J.C. Copeland FB LSU
The Bengals select J.C. Copeland, the Junior out of LSU with the 236th pick.
A great blocker that can also be used as a power back and pound it in the inside. Copeland deserves more credit for the plays LSU made on the ground, he is truly a beast at the Fullback position. J.C. Copeland showcased his talents at the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl running it in for two touchdowns and earning MVP honors. The 2nd ranked fullback in the draft but the fact that he is a fullback is why he has 6-7th round grade on him.
JC Copeland 2012 LSU Season Highlights (via HitzTV54)
J.C. Copeland interview at the NFLPA Bowl. (via Patrick D. Starr)
Round 7. (COMP)Andrew Norwell OG/OT
The Bengals select Andrew Norwell, the Senior out of Ohio State with the 252nd pick.
Norwell plays both positions offensive guard and tackle. Giving the Bengals more depth on the offensive line.
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