It seems like the mock drafters have zeroed in on the Bengals taking an offensive tackle in the draft.
Of course the Bengals choice could end up changing after the Scouting Combine, but for now it is obvious the Bengals need to fix their offensive line.
Still, there were some oddball picks in there. One mock draft had the Bengals taking a quarterback, and another had them taking the best offensive linemen in the draft.
Here are the mock drafts from before the Scouting Combine.
Brown has been the starting left tackle on one of college football’s most prolific offenses the last few years. If he protected Baker Mayfield’s blindside, he could protect your quarterback’s, too.
All eyes were on Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton last year, but Cincinnati’s biggest problem was the decline of its offensive line. This NFL legacy helps them fix it.
This is a deep group of offensive tackles, and our first one is off the board at No. 12. Miller is a pure left tackle with a 6-8 frame and great feet. He reminds me of Patriots left tackle Nate Solder (a free agent). Last offseason, the Bengals let longtime left tackle Andrew Whitworth walk, and former first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi took his spot. Whitworth had an All-Pro season with the Rams, but Ogbuehi struggled. He might be better with a move inside to guard. Picking Miller here gives Cincinnati an upgrade, though he needs to get stronger.
In this mock draft, each of the last five picks would be fits for Cincinnati. If the draft really played out in this fashion, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Bengals move back. But if they held at No. 12, taking the top available offensive lineman is the most viable outcome.
Despite investing premium draft resources to address this position in recent years, the Bengals are still looking for a franchise cornerstone at tackle. A knee injury cost Williams a big chunk of his 2017 campaign, but at full strength, he could make as strong a case as any to be the first tackle off the board in a deep, talented class.
They need help at a number of spots, but the Bengals might not be able to resist hitting the reset button for the future with this strong-armed Cowboy.
The Bengals land the best player in the draft. They bypass a bigger need at OT to get Nelson.
The current state of affairs for the Bengals’ offensive line is, well, offensive. None of the team’s early investments in the line have come to fruition, leaving the cupboard bare, especially at offensive tackle. Brown would go a long way in adding some stability to the unit.
Which of these picks do you like most for the Bengals?