In terms of mock draft season, offensive tackle remains the heavy favorite for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Obviously, the mock drafts are just mere educated guesses as to what the Bengals will do, but there’s no question this is the position Cincinnati should address with the No. 12 overall pick.
Thankfully, there are several tackles worthy of a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. There’s some debate as to whether guys like Texas’ Connor Williams and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey are worthy of the No. 12 pick.
The one tackle who’s consistently been projected in the 12-16 range of mock drafts is Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown, who lands with Cincinnati in the latest SB Nation mock draft.
12. Cincinnati Bengals: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
In Indianapolis this week, the 6’8 and 350-pound Brown will be the hardest guy to miss. He’s not going to wow with his movement drills, but if he shows just enough flexibility this is where his draft range starts.
That same mock has McGlinchey going No. 16 to the Baltimore Ravens and Williams going No. 30 to the Vikings.
But at CBS Sports, Chris Trapasso has McGlinchey being the guy at No. 12.
12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame.
McGlinchey fills an immediate need for the Bengals at left tackle. His only struggles come against smaller, speed-rushers who can really dip around the edge.
That same mock has Williams going No. 15 to the Cleveland Browns and Brown going No. 12 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Again, Brown remains the guy being consistently projected in that 12-16 range, even if there’s still debate as to whether he’s the best tackle in this draft, as well as if he’s worthy of the No. 12 pick.
It’s going to be a very interesting debate if the Bengals have all three guys still on the board when they go on the clock.