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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Bengals go with a first round wide receiver

We’re talking mock drafts in December. It’s that kind of season.

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The Bengals’ chances of making the playoffs this season are right around 1-2%. With that said, many are turning (way too early) to look at the 2017 NFL Draft. Right now, the Bengals are slated to pick eighth overall in April. If that holds up, the Bengals would have their first top 10 pick in six years and the options available to them will be the best of the best. This is especially true as many of the teams picking in the top 10 could be looking to draft a quarterback.

Keeping in mind that it’s way too early to be talking about mock drafts, let’s take a look at SB Nation’s latest mock draft!

After failing to grab a first round receiver in 2016 and waiting until the second round to select Tyler Boyd, SB Nation sees the Bengals going with a wide receiver in the first round in 2017.

8. Cincinnati Bengals — Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Brandon LaFell signed only a one-year deal in Cincinnati, and he’s not quite good enough to pass up on Williams. The combination of Williams and A.J. Green would give a potent duo of wide receivers who can attack the ball at the catch point and stretch the field.

Williams' season is not yet over as he'll be heading to the College Football Playoffs with Clemson, but so far this year, the junior receiver has 84 receptions for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns. He ranks 18th among FBS receivers in terms of receiving yards this season.

Williams will surely be in the spotlight in the playoffs and his draft stock will likely fluctuate before April.

With many needs on defense, would you be in favor of the Bengals selecting a first round receiver?