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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals Select Safety In First Round

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In Joe Reedy's latest mock draft, he has the Bengals selecting Florida safety Matt Elam in the first round.

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The Bengals will select a safety in the first round of the upcoming draft, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy's latest mock draft. However, it isn't the safety that many of you are used to seeing next to the Bengals in mock drafts this year.

Reedy believes the Bengals will select Florida safety Matt Elam with the No. 21 overall pick.

The Bengals need help at strong safety and with the depth and talent at the safety position in this year's draft class, using their first-round pick on the position makes sense, especially if the Bengals can re-sign right tackle Andre Smith.

Most mock drafts have the Bengals using their No. 21 overall pick on Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, but Reedy has Vaccaro going to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 17 overall pick.

Elam is still talented, though, and worthy of a first-round selection. According to, Elam shows flashes of brilliance but can struggle at times when it comes to launching himself at ball carriers instead of making form tackles and he has been known to "stand around" at times.

Elam is one of the higher profile prospects at his position due to his onfield emotion and energy when lining up big hits in the open field. The junior thrives when his nunmber is called, and Elam was very visible since he frequently lined up in the box at strong safety. However, when looking beyond the splash plays, Elam lacks urgency to his game and can be seen standing around while others make the play. That combined with his tendency to launch himself at ball carriers rather than make form tackles may cause some evaluators to be a bit apprhensive. But, if the Gator can harness the electricity he flashes, Elam could end up being one of the top safeties in this class and is a potential first-round pick.

Here is Reedy's complete first round:

# Team Name/Positon of Pick
1 Chiefs Luke Joeckel, OT
2 Jaguars Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
3 Raiders Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
4 Eagles Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
5 Lions Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
6 Browns Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7 Cardinals Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
8 Bills Geno Smith, QB, WVU
9 Jets Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
10 Titans Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
11 Chargers Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
12 Dolphins Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
13 Buccaneers Tavon Auston, WR, WVU
14 Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15 Saints Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
16 Rams Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
17 Steelers Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
18 Cowboys Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
19 Giants Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.
20 Bears Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
21 Cincinnati Matt Elam, S, Florida
22 Rams (from Redskins) Sylvester Wiliams, DT, North Carolina
23 Vikings Keenan Allen, WR, California
24 Colts Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
25 Vikings (from Seahawks) Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
26 Packers Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
27 Texans DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
28 Broncos Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
29 Patriots Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
30 Falcons Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31 49ers Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
32 Ravens Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal