Many mock drafts are beginning to form a similar shape. While there are no certainties when it comes to the draft, not too many mock drafts are giving us surprises when it comes to the Bengals picks. Cbssports recent mock draft is not any different. Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have the Bengals taking Stanford guard David DeCastro at number 17 and North Alabama corner Janoris Jenkins at number 21. Nothing too original, but at this point in the draft season it is tough to expect every single mock draft to have originality.
DeCastro and Jenkins likely would not surprise many Bengal fans, though Jenkins draft position has been debated over the recent weeks. Jenkins is a popular pick to go to the Bengals by many draft experts. Many of them cite the Bengals not being afraid to take risks on talented but troubled players. This undoubtedly angers many Bengal fans. The former Florida Gator was dismissed from Florida last April after his second drug related arrest in three months. He also has four children, all ages three and under. While he is a high risk, he is also high reward. Our own Joe Goodberry writes that Jenkins has natural man coverage ability and is also a good punt returner.
DeCastro would be a low risk, high reward type of pick. Many draft experts originally did not give DeCastro a chance to fall to the Bengals, but that has recently changed. ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay recently released their newest mock drafts. They both have the Bengals passing on DeCastro at 17 and the Tennessee Titans picking him up at pick 20. Unless Alabama's Trent Richardson is available at number 17, many Bengal fans would understandably be upset if the Bengals passed on DeCastro.
While many mock drafts have became increasingly stale, the good news is that it means that the draft is getting closer and closer. March madness will control the minds of many interested fans for the next few weeks, momentarily taking the place of NFL draft talk. After basketball season is completed, draft season will be in full swing.