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Reviewing Day One of the NFL Draft: Who is still available for the Cincinnati Bengals?

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+ Day One Review: Bengals select A.J. Green
The dust has settled from day one of the NFL Draft and four Quarterbacks, twelve defensive linemen, and eight offensive linemen are gone. Our Bengals selected whom many of us thought they would. A.J. Green was the best player on their board and also mine. He's a special player with rare natural talents that can't be coached. I have absolutely no reservations about this pick.

Biggest Reach: According to my board, when the Vikings took Christian Ponder at 12, they drafted the 40th player on my board (-28 Value). Most of us expected Ponder to be somewhere near the Bengals picking at 35.

Biggest Steal: The Saints clearly got the biggest steal by drafting DE Cam Jordan at pick 24. He was not only in my top 10 (7th on my board), but most people's top 10. Then they traded back up at pick 28 and drafted Mark Ingram (13th on my board). That's a value total of +32 in the first round alone.

Biggest Risk: The Browns traded back from the 6th pick to the 27th pick with the Falcons. This is risky for a Browns team that need some elite talent injected into their lineup. Who really scares you on their roster? I'm all down for a trade back, just not 21 picks back. They were picking in the top 10 for a reason. They needed some playmakers. Julio Jones is a world-class athlete worthy of the 6th overall pick. Cleveland should have picked him in my opinion.

+ Where does this leave the Bengals heading into day 2?
 If Cincinnati wants to go WR and QB with its first two picks, then QB has to be their target tonight. It's been reported that the Bengals almost traded with the Packers to get Andy Dalton yesterday. Is he their target? Maybe the Bengals see some of the available players as value picks because they didn't expect them to be undrafted come pick 35. Do you still take a QB over a better player? Here's my best available list and why you could see them in stripes at pick 35.

1) DaQuan Bowers - DE - Clemson (12th on my original board) - I could see the Bengals eyeing Bowers as a "value" pick. He's risky because of his degenerative knee arthritis. Remember, Antonio Bryant was cut because he couldn't practice with the same issue. Do you risk taking a guy like Bowers or would you rather have a player you know is healthy?

2) Brandon Harris - CB - Miami (21st) - If Jonathan Joseph leaves via free agency (depending on the rules), the Bengals could be looking to address the situation. I like Harris more than most and I think he has first round talent.

3) Mikel Leshoure - RB - Illinois - (23rd) - Leshoure is the next best RB available. This would not only fill a big need, but it would be a value pick. Leshoure fits exactly what the Bengals are looking for in a RB.

4) Akeem Ayers - Strong OLB - (29th) - Moving Maualuga to MLB could leave a void at the strong side LB position. Ayers can rush the passer as well as add athleticism to the LB unit.

5) Marvin Austin - DT - UNC - (30th) - Austin is a real possibility at pick 35 for the Bengals. If they want to add an all around athlete to the DT position, this may be their best shot.

6) Bruce Carter - LB - UNC - (32nd) - Carter would be a value pick because of injury history. He tore his ACL in the last game of his UNC career. Before that, Carter was viewed as a top 15-20 player in this draft.

9) Aaron Williams - FS/CB - Texas - (36th) - Williams could be that FS that can come down and cover the 3rd or 4th WR in passing situations. Mike Zimmer has been looking for such a thing since his arrival. Hopefully he hasn't given up hope yet because Williams is exactly what he could use.

10) Ryan Williams - RB - Virginia Tech - (38th) - Williams is a slashing type of runner who can help the Bengals in the passing game.

19) Andy Dalton - QB - TCU - (49th) - This is my guess for the pickat 35. Dalton fits the type of QB I think Jay Gruden and the Bengals are looking for to run their new offense.

26) Ryan Mallett - QB - Arkansas - (57th) - This is another possible "value" pick. Not on my board, but I could understand why the Bengals might like Ryan Mallett.

+ Best Remaining Players 1-100

  1. DaQuan Bowers - DE - Clemson
  2. Brandon Harris - CB - Miami
  3. Mikel Leshoure - RB - Illinois
  4. Akeem Ayers - OLB - UCLA
  5. Marvin Austin - DT - UNC
  6. Bruce Carter - LB - UNC
  7. Justin Houston - DE - Georgia
  8. Stefen Wisniewski - C/G - Penn St
  9. Aaron Williams - FS/CB - Texas
  10. Ryan Williams - RB - Virginia Tech
  11. Martez Wilson - LB - Illinois
  12. Kyle Rudolph - TE - Notre Dame
  13. Jabaal Sheard - DE - Pitt
  14. Torrey Smith - WR - Maryland
  15. Ben Ijalana - T/G - Villanova
  16. Randall Cobb - WR - Kentucky
  17. Brooks Reed - DE/OLB - Arizona
  18. Stephen Paea - DT - Oregon St
  19. Andy Dalton - QB - TCU
  20. Drake Nevis - DT - LSU
  21. Mason Foster - OLB - Washington
  22. Rahim Moore - FS - UCLA
  23. Rodney Hudson - G/C - Florida St
  24. Leonard Hankerson - WR - Miami
  25. Christian Ballard - LE/DT - Iowa
  26. Ryan Mallett - QB - Arkansas
  27. Ras-I Dowling - CB/S - Virginia
  28. Titus Young - WR - Boise St
  29. Marcus Cannon - T/G - TCU
  30. Chris Carter - DE/OLB - Fresno St
  31. Clint Boling - G/T - Georgia
  32. Colin Keapernick - QB - Nevada
  33. Quan Sturdivant - LB - UNC
  34. Jarvis Jenkins - DT - Clemson
  35. Marcus Gilbert - RT - Florida
  36. Greg Little - WR - UNC
  37. Curtis Brown - CB - Texas
  38. Will Rackley - G/T - Lehigh
  39. Curtis Marsh - CB - Utah St
  40. Jason Pinkston - G/T - Pitt
  41. Ricky Stanzi - QB - Iowa
  42. Quinton Carter - S - Oklahoma
  43. Edmond Gates - WR - Abilene Christian
  44. Marcus Gilchrist - FS/CB - Clemson
  45. Jaiquawn Jarrett - S - Temple
  46. Kelvin Sheppard - MLB - LSU
  47. Johnny Patrick - CB - Louisville
  48. Tandon Doss- WR - Indiana
  49. K.J. Wright - OLB - Miss St
  50. Taiwan Jones - RB - E.Washington
  51. Denarius Moore - WR - Tennessee
  52. Jah Reid - OT - USF
  53. Jurrell Casey - DT - USC
  54. Davon House - CB - New Mexico St
  55. Colin McCarthey - LB - Miami
  56. Kenrick Ellis - DT - Hampton
  57. Delone Carter - RB - Syracuse
  58. Demarco Murray - RB - Oklahoma
  59. Luke Stocker - TE - Tennessee
  60. John Moffitt - G/C - Wisconsin
  61. Greg Salas - WR - Hawaii
  62. Orlando Franklin - G/T - Miami
  63. Dontay Moch - OLB - Nevada
  64. Demarcus Love - G/T - Arkansas
  65. Kendall Hunter - RB - Oklahoma St
  66. Brandon Burton - CB - Utah
  67. Allen Bailey - DE - Miami
  68. Greg Jones - MLB - Mich St
  69. Daniel Thomas - RB - Kansas St
  70. Niles Paul - WR - Nebraska
  71. Jerrel Jernigan - WR - Temple
  72. Shane Vereen - RB - California
  73. Vincent Brown - WR - S.D. State
  74. Nate Irving - LB - S.Carolina
  75. Casey Matthews - LB - Oregon
  76. Akeem Dent - LB - Georgia
  77. DeAndre McDaniel - SS - Clemson
  78. Sam Acho - DE/OLB - Texas
  79. Jerrell Powe - DT - Ole Miss
  80. Tyler Sash - SS - Iowa
  81. Pernell McPhee - DE - Miss St
  82. Steven Friday - OLB - Virginia Tech
  83. Terrell McClain - DT - USF
  84. Joseph Barkesdale - RT - LSU
  85. James Brewer - T/G - Indiana
  86. Derrick Locke - RB - Kentucky
  87. Chykie Brown - CB - Texas
  88. Deunta Williams - S - UNC
  89. Andrew Jackson - G - Fresno St
  90. Mario Harvey - LB - Marshall
  91. Quizz Rodgers - RB - Oregon St
  92. Jordan Toddman - RB - Uconn
  93. Austin Pettis - WR - Boise ST
  94. Ahmad Black - S - Florida
  95. Chris Conte - SS - Claifornia
  96. Rashad Carmichael - CB - Virginia Tech
  97. Ricky Elmore - DE - Arizona
  98. Dwayne Harris - WR - ECU
  99. Lance Kendricks - TE - Wisconsin
  100. Jalil Brown - CB - Colorado

+ Mock Draft Scenarios for Rounds 2-3

35th Overall Pick
Pick: Andy Dalton - QB - TCU - I called this pick in mid March, so I'm sticking to it. It's not that I think this would be good value for Dalton, but I like the fit. Dalton will be at his best in a west coast based passing offense that will also run the ball to take pressure off of the passing game. Dalton has been a hot name since March, so he might not even be available at pick 35.

Need: Mikel Leshoure - RB - Illinois - The Bengals need a RB if they plan on throwing a rookie QB to the wolves on week 1. Cedric Benson was just OK last year, and his fumbles made the situation even worse. If he and the offensive line repeat their 2010 performances, a rookie QB won't stand a chance. Mikel Leshoure is a power back with huge upside. If the Bengals regret missing out on Steven Jackson, this could be their redemption pick. Both are very similar in running styles.

Value: Ryan Mallett - QB - Arkansas - The same old Bengals, right? Ryan Mallett the biggest question mark of the QB class is still available at pick 35. He has top 15-20 talent, but his character questions might have him sitting in the middle of round two. I could the where the Bengals don't hold Mallett's past problems against him, and have him rated as a mid 1st round pick. In their minds this pick would be an absolute steal.

Surprise: Martez Wilson - LB - Illinois - How much does Marvin trusts his linebackers? They want more from Maualuga and Keith Rivers. During the Illinois pro day, sources said the Bengals seemed very interested in Martez Wilson. They probably like his versatility to play inside or out in a 4-3 defense. With the uncertainty of Maualuga's transition to the middle, maybe they draft a backup plan just in case it doesn't work the way we hope it does. 

66thOverall Pick
Pick: Will Rackley - G/T - Lehigh - This is a guy that I think the Bengals secretly like a lot. They attended his pro day and also seemed very interested. Rackley is rising draft boards and I would expect him to go within 10 picks of 66. Rackley could play LG/RG while even backing up both OT positions.

 Need: Jaiquawn Jarrett - S - Temple - Jarrett has been climbing draft boards since the Senior Bowl. I think he's the 3rd or 4th best saftey in this year';s draft class. He can play FS or SS and is just developing into a big time player. I don't think they want to go safety this high,  but it is the biggest need on defense.

 Value: Ryan Williams - RB - Virginia Tech - Huge value pick if Williams is still available when this pick is on the clock. The value of a RB is depreciating, which is causing these top tier RBs to slip a little bit. If the Bengals can grab one of the top three RBs, they need to jump on it. Williams would give the Bengals a legit receiving option out of the backfield that they haven't had in a long time.

 Surprise: K.J. Wright - OLB - Miss St - Wright is a SAM LB with some pass rushing skills. AS much as the Bengals blitz Maualuga, they would be smart to find a better pass rusher for their SAM LB spot. K.J. Wright can do that. He had 8 sacks from the LB position in his senior season.