As we prepare for the second and third round of the 2014 NFL draft, we're checking with mock drafts to see which players that experts have Cincinnati selecting. SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has Cincinnati going with Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt at No. 55.
Bucky Brooks with NFL.com agrees with defense and even the defensive line, snagging Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, writing that "Marvin Lewis has a knack for developing young, unpolished athletes into top-notch defenders." Recall that this is where we found Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who signed a long-term extension prior to the 2013 regular season.
The Bengals attended Ealy's Pro Day in March, who was unoffically timed at 4.57 on the 40-yard dash.
Ealy has been consistently "mocked" to the Bengals during the predraft process... here, here, and here. If Cincinnati goes defensive line in the second round, names like Timmy Jernigan, Scott Crichton, Kareem Martin, Taylor Hart and William Clarke remain.