2014 Mock Draft: Todd McShay releases mock draft

Al Messerschmidt

ESPN draft guru Todd McShay agrees with Mel Kiper Jr. that the Bengals will select a cornerback in the first round -- just not the same player.

It's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay NFL Mock draft day.

One thing that both of have in common is Cincinnati's need to select a cornerback. Kiper has been on the Darqueze Dennard train to Cincinnati since January. Fellow draft analyst Todd McShay agrees on the position, but selected Dennard earlier in the draft (at No. 22 to the Eagles).

Instead, he selects Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (In$ider).

Defensive end is one of Cincinnati's top needs, but the only available prospect worth drafting in this scenario is Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt, who is a better fit as a 5-technique in a 3-4 defense. But cornerback is also among the team's top three needs, and Joyner is one of the best defensive playmakers in this class (plus, he fits the Bengals' M.O. of drafting big-name players from traditional powerhouse schools). Joyner lacks elite size but he is a quick, fast, instinctive defensive back who plays bigger than his size, and could play a Tyrann Mathieu role for this defense. If Cincy passes on a corner at No. 24, it could find a very good one in Round 2.

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