We represented the Bengals during the SB Nation mock draft this year (like every year since 2008) and since DeCastro was already selected up by the Dallas Cowboys at No. 14, we picked up Gilmore at No. 17, addressing offensive guard at No. 21 with Cordy Glenn. That's against our better judgement to be honest, due to Cincinnati never selecting a guard in the first round throughout franchise history.
If you're keeping score at home, we've been close on several occasions during our mocks throughout the years. We accurately selected A.J. Green in the first and Andy Dalton in the second last year, despite the fact that many didn't agree with our Dalton selection. On the other hand we missed in 2010, selecting Dez Bryant in the first round and Illinois guard Jon Asamoah in the second, who had one of the league's top pass blocking scores for an offensive guard in 2011.
But then again, we split in 2009, picking Andre Smith in the first round and then Connor Barwin in the second. In 2008 we accurately picked linebacker Keith Rivers and defensive tackle Pat Sims -- though he would be selected in the third round, we grabbed him in the second.
Recapping our history during the SB Nation mock draft:
|First Round Mock||Actual Pick||Second Round Mock||Second Round Selection|
|2011||A.J. Green, WR||A.J. Green, WR||Andy Dalton, QB||Andy Dalton, QB|
|2010||Dez Bryant, WR||Jermaine Gresham, TE||Jon Asamoah, OG||Carlos Dunlap, DE|
|2009||Andre Smith, OT||Andre Smith, OT||Connor Barwin, OLB||Rey Maualuga, LB|
|2008||Keith Rivers, LB||Keith Rivers, LB||Pat Sims, DT||Jerome Simpson, WR|
During the Cincy Jungle mock draft this year, it fell almost exactly the same as our SB Nation mock draft, except we picked Dre Kirkpatrick at No. 17 with Glenn at No. 21.
If not a guard, then the Bengals would likely go with a cornerback and wide receiver, but we could also easily envision the team going with two defensive players; a linebacker/defensive end along with a cornerback.