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Orlando Brown may no longer be a first-round option for the Bengals

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It sounds like Orlando Brown is set to fall into Day 2 or 3 of the draft after a historically bad combine.

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For much of the mock draft season thus far, Orlando Brown has been the most popular pick for the Cincinnati Bengals.

That is, until Brown turned in one of the worst combine performances a potential first-round pick has had in recent memory. Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, Brown was safely projected into the first round of every respectable analyst’s mock draft.

Now, Brown may actually fall out of Round 1, according to NFL.com reporter Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein makes it sound like it’s a done deal that Brown isn’t going in Round 1, which really speaks to how bad the latter was at the combine. His 40-yard dash, which was reportedly in the 5.85 range, was one of the lowest marks of any player at the combine. It was so slow that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell actually outran him.

But the worst thing for Brown was his bench press, where he turned in a putrid 14 reps. Then again, he was arguably worst on his athletic testing, which included one of the worst vertical and broad jumps of any player at the combine.

It’s probably safe to assume Brown is no longer an option for the No. 12 pick, which is probably a good thing. Based on what the mock drafts are projecting, the best player available at No. 12 is almost certainly not going to be an offensive tackle.

If guys like Florida State safety Derwin James, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea are still on the board, they all look like better prospects than any offensive tackle in this draft, so the Bengals may be better off not taking a tackle this high.