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NFL Mock Draft 2018: The Bengals address their biggest issue early

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What impact would the quarterback dominoes falling in free agency have on the Bengals draft?

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SB Nation’s most recent mock draft takes into account some outside factors that could change how the draft unfolds.

One of the biggest things is figuring out where the free agent quarterbacks will land, and if that opens up a team from taking someone other than one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

It ended up not having an impact on the Bengals’ pick though.

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Bengals need to fix their offensive line this offseason, and McGlinchey gets the edge over Connor Williams of Texas. McGlinchey can play on the left or right side of the offensive line.

The big thing that changed from the last mock draft was the Bengals were not the first team to spend a pick on an offensive tackle. The Dolphins ended up picking Orlando Brown at pick 11 instead of the safety Derwin James . This time, SB Nation mentioned the Dolphins could lose Ja’Wuan James in free agency.

While it didn’t change the player for the Bengals this time, it could have implications on draft night. It could all come down to who the Dolphins view as their top tackle, and if they decide that player is McGlinchey instead of Brown, the Bengals will be choosing between Brown and Williams at offensive tackle.

If the Bengals don’t like either of those players as much as McGlinchey it could lead to several different outcomes depending who is on the board. The first is obviously selecting one of those two.

Although the Bengals could feel they can trade back and still end up with one of those tackles while picking up a few extra draft picks. It could also lead to the Bengals selecting a player at a different position altogether.

Most mock drafts have the linebacker Roquan Smith gone at this point, but if he is still there, he could end up being the pick.

A few players still left on the board in this mock draft include:

  • James, Safety, Florida State: Safety isn’t a huge need, but Shawn Williams has struggled to stay healthy, and James could be a real luxury pick for a Bengals defense that is looking to make a huge leap next season with Teryl Austin at the helm.
  • Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech: The Bengals need an athletic linebacker to put next to Vontaze Burfict, and Edmunds fits that bill. He is a very young player that Austin and Marvin Lewis will undoubtedly love the idea of molding into the player they’d like him to be. The Bengals love taking the players with huge potential, and that player is Edmunds.
  • Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville: For those holding onto hope the Bengals could take a young quarterback early Jackson is the top quarterback left on the board at this point. Jackson is a very polarizing player in this year’s draft with many people believing he has incredible talent, but others feel he will fall flat on his face.

Later in the process we should know more about what players could possibly be there, and who the Bengals are interested in right now though this only means that the Bengals should be ready for the top offensive tackle to not still be on the board at this point in the draft.