We saw what Mel Kiper Jr. Selected for the Bengals in his third mock draft and now we get to see what Todd McShay, ESPN's other draft insider, thinks they'll do with his lates mock draft. While it's the same as Kiper's on one pick, it's completely different on another. McShay thinks the Bengals will take Dre Kirkpatrick at No. 17, same as Kiper, but with the No. 21 pick, he thinks the Bengals will grab defensive tackle Fletcher Cox out of Mississippi State.
On the Kirkpatrick pick, McShay says:
Bengals CB Leon Hall is a solid starter if he comes back healthy after a season-ending knee injury, but Nate Clements is aging and Adam Jones is not getting it done, so Kirkpatrick makes sense. Short arms and a lack of elite ball skills will keep him out of the top 10, but Kirkpatrick is instinctive and physical in both coverage and run support.
And on the Cox pick, McShay says:
After addressing their cornerback need at No. 17, the Bengals could take advantage of this second first-round pick to bring in an impact defensive lineman who could eventually push for the starting job 3-technique job. At the very least, Cox offers a versatile presence who can make big plays and wear multiple hats along the defensive front.
Some other notable picks in the first round of McShay's latest mock draft are:
- Robert Griffin III to the Cleveland Browns at No. 4
- Trent Richardson to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11
- Janoris Jenkins to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 14
- Cordy Glenn to the San Diego Chargers at No. 18
- David DeCastro to the Tennessee Titans at No. 20
What do you think of McSay's latest mock draft?