The SB Nation is still conducting the 2007 Mock Draft. In the first round, the Bengals (all me, baby!) went with cornerback Darrelle Revis. Since I didn't hear any discontent, I can assume I did an acceptable job. Now my wicked confidence grows and I prepare for the second round selection. As we discussed, this pick will come down to either linebacker or defensive lineman. The linebackers I'm looking at that are available:
- Brandon Siler
- David Harris
- H.B. Blades
- Jon Beason
- Rufus Alexander
- Earl Everett
OTC Draft says Harris struggles to get off blocks, isn't much of a pass rusher and struggles in pass coverage. His primary skill is stopping the run.
That doesn't sound very impressive. And you have to consider that the Bengals are less needy for a MLB with Thurman's potential return and Hobson's piece that Ahmad Brooks is starting to "get it".
Brooks sounds like this is his light-bulb year. He has turned on the switch by meeting regularly with the man who used to scold him for laxness, linebackers coach Ricky Hunley, as well as adding a nutritionist and the offseason program he sorely missed last year.
I think the greatest need on this team isn't the talent; it's the leadership qualities to help others around them to raise their quality of play.
What about Brandon Siler?
On the Clock basically says the same about Siler they did about Harris. However, Siler is better in pass coverage but lacks size and athleticism.
One guy that has On the Clock salivating over is H.B. Blades.
Of the players listed, none are listed as character concerns via ESPN's Draft Tracker.
Something to consider here too. The Bengals entertained Jon Beason earlier this week.
So let's examine Beason:
To revise my linebacker list, I'm looking, in this order -- primarily thinking outside linebacker.
Do you agree?
Why not safety?
In the first round, LaRon Landry, Reggie Nelson and Eric Weddle were selected. Brandon Meriweather and Michael Griffin were picked up in the second round and we still have about six picks to go. On the Clock has Aaron Rouse as the best available safety -- which On the Clock suggests he will be a second day draft pick. So we're eliminating safety as a spot to draft in the second.
OK, how about defensive tackle?
DeMarcus Tyler is still available:
So, my thought process after all that.
I'm looking at linebacker still while keeping an eye on DeMarcus Taylor. So I put the ball in your corner. Convince me of who you think the Bengals should select in our mock draft.