Now that the first round of the 2014 NFL draft slowly fades in the rear-view mirror, it's time to move forward. Save for any drastic changes from over the next 16 hours, the Cincinnati Bengals will pick twice on Friday and another six on Saturday -- in other words, one down, eight to go.
SB Nation's Mocking the Draft updated a second round mock draft on Friday. At pick No. 55, they have Cincinnati selecting Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt is versatile enough to play defensive tackle and defensive end in a base 4-3 defense. Per NFL.com.
STRENGTHS Looks the part -- has prototypical dimensions for a five-technique. Long-armed to play off blocks. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Can stack and shed. Has excellent movement skill for a man his size. Plays on his feet. Coordinated and in control of his body. Knee bender able to flatten or redirect efficiently. Strong wrap tackler. Scheme and position versatile -- played end and tackle in even and odd fronts. Notched 20.5 sacks in 28 career starts. Disrupts passing lanes. Did 31 bench-press reps at the combine.
WEAKNESSES Monotone edge rusher -- not a quick-twitch athlete (average get-off quickness). Can play with more consistent leverage. Hip and shoulder stiffness shows when he attempts to bend the corner. Can do a better job shooting his hands with authority to jolt blockers. Needs to become a better hands fighter and develop pass-rush moves. Can play with more violence. Average intensity and relentlessness.
MTD has two offensive tackles and three offensive linemen opening the second round with Houston taking offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, Washington taking Morgan Moses and Cleveland snagging offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. For the Cincinnati Bengals, all positions are possible -- except for cornerback at this stage.