We are now just more than three weeks away from the 2015 NFL Draft and soon, we'll finally be able to stop guessing what the Bengals will do with their first pick.
At this point, the belief is the 21st-overall pick will be used on a player in the trenches, but safety and receiver are also options too.
The latest from Mocking the Draft has Cincinnati going with LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins, but also has two other quality players as possible options at pick No. 21:
Cincinnati Bengals: La'el Collins, OT, LSU
Andre Smith hasn't quite lived up to being the sixth overall pick in the draft. Collins is a player who could push him out of a starting job and give Cincinnati a young, talented player on the offensive line.
Options: Landon Collins (S), Shane Ray (DE)
If all three players were to somehow be on the board when the Bengals are on the clock, this would be a very hard decision to make. Many mock drafts have all three gone by the time Cincinnati picks, and some have one or more of those three going in the top 12.
Ray is regarded as one of the top pass-rushing prospects in this year's draft, and some mocks have him going as high as No. 5 to Washington. If he were somehow on the board at pick No. 21, I think he's higher on Cincinnati's big board than either Collins.
As for Landon, he's the consensus top safety in this year's draft, and another guy who probably should be gone by the time the Bengals make their first pick. He'd be a home run get at 21.
And for La'el, he's one of the top offensive lineman in this draft. He'd be almost assured of a starting job in 2016 when Andre Smith and possibly Andrew Whitworth become free agents.
All that said, the Bengals would be in an envious position if they're on the clock and those three players are somehow still on the board.