This starts out strong, but turns very high risk/high reward as the draft goes on. I used the Walterfootball big board.
1.24: Alabama MLB CJ Mosley
MLB is a weak spot on our D. Maualuga improved when his playing time went down, but we could do a lot better. Mosley brings the instincts, football smarts, and versatility that could really benefit the Bengals defense.
2.55: Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller
I have some concerns about his build, but his instincts and film room ethic are enough that I'd be happy to see him go to the Bengals at 24. Having him available in the 2nd is a gift. Some talking heads have him going as high as #8 overall.
3.88 Arkansas C Travis Swanson
Solid, if unspectacular, pass blocker. Could be an upgrade over Kyle Cook, or he could be another Jonathan Luigs. Worth a shot in the 3rd in a position of need. Generally mocked in the 3rd, so not a reach.
4.123 Virginia DE Brent Urban
Another atheltic, long-armed DE in the mold of MJ and Margus Hunt. Maybe not as high a ceiling as either of those, but a solid prospect for the 4th round.
5.164 Kansas St S Ty Zimmerman
Smart ballhawk with very good play recognition and QB-reading ability. Limited speed and quickness, but looks like a potential Kevin Kaesviharn to me. A guy that can be in the right place at the right time and has the size to fight TEs for the ball.
6.199 Boston College OT Matt Patchan
Risky pick, with a very long laundry list of injuries in his past. If not for the injury history he'd definitely be an early round selection, though, so I'm willing to take a gamble on him in the 6th.
6.212 Auburn FB Jay Prosch
Very much a traditional FB. He's not fast, nor does he have good hands. What he does have is the ability to knock people back and open up running lanes.
7.239 Missouri OT Justin Britt
Excellent size and punch. Played both LT and RT in college, but probably best suited to RT or G in the NFL.
7.252 South Carolina QB Connor Shaw
Winningest QB in South Carolina history, which admittedly doesn't have quite the same pedigree as some other schools but it's still worth noting. Strong leader with obvious fighting spirit, to the point where he gets knocked in mocks for taking too many hits. Has the legs to extend plays. Doesn't have great deep ball strength, but can fire lasers in short to medium range and leads receivers well.
I would have liked to have seen a better QB option, but they went quick in this mock. I could have had Mettenberger in the 2nd or Fales in the 3rd, but there was no way I was passing up on Fuller and I'm not much interested in Fales, especially before round 5.