2014 Mock Draft: Bengals select defensive end

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It's an off day for the Bengals and we're taking a look at the 2014 mock draft (for entertainment reasons). What's wrong with us?

Speaking for other people (because I hate them with a Thor-like passion) mock drafts are fun. Discussion, debates, and everything else that allows people to kill the offseason blues as quickly as possible, mocks drafts in December tend to have more importance on where people are addressing teams, rather than the players that are picked.

While the team is off on Tuesday and we clean up some of our primary storylines from last weekend, here is SB Nation's latest mock draft (via Dan Kadar with Mocking the Draft).

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor: Starting end Michael Johnson is most likely leaving in free agency, and Oakman is a bigger and better version. While the Bengals did draft Margus Hunt this year, a player with Oakman's ridiculous upside would be hard to pass up this late in the draft. If Oakman goes back to Baylor for his junior season, he has the potential to be a top five pick in 2015.

Defensive end is a good one, but with Robert Geathers on IR and Margus Hunt developing, we're not sure if the team addresses the position after Michael Johnson's eventual departure (though the Bengals better use every persuasive resource available to them to keep the Johnson and Carlos Dunlap tandem alive).

With Leon Hall suffering his second Achilles injury in three years and Terence Newman turning 36 years prior to the regular season kickoff next year, cornerback might be a good one to address -- yes, we're factoring Dre Kirkpatrick's eventual promotion. Maybe another offensive lineman or safety. The options are plentiful for a team without glaring needs. But we'll see what happens in March, when players leave and arrive via the start of free agency (for the Bengals 2-3 weeks after free agency).

For the curious minded, quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) and Derek Carr (Fresno State) go one and two to the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively.

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