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Bengals mock draft roundup: Plenty of ways to attack 33rd overall pick

Jeff Okuduh is the best cornerback in this draft, but his former running mate would fit well with the Bengals.

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If your mock drafts aren’t at least two rounds long by now, what are you really doing with your life?

Day two of the 2020 NFL Draft is bound to feature plenty of talented players that easily could’ve gone in the first round in other drafts. Specifically for wide receivers and cornerbacks, there will be several who will go off the board much later than they should simply because there are an inordinate number of good players in this class at those positions.

To say this is good news for the Cincinnati Bengals is an understatement. Wide receiver and cornerback may not trump linebacker and offensive line in terms of immediate need, but they’re positions that usually require early investment. With the uncertain futures of A.J. Green, John Ross, William Jackson III, Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpartrick hanging over their heads, it would make all the sense in the world for Cincinnati to attack these positions after selecting Joe Burrow in the first round.

This is becoming the trend seen in most mock drafts. With the scouting combine underway and free agency just over two weeks away, let’s check in on what the multi-round mocks have the Bengals doing.

Joe Marino — The Draft Network

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Until Joe Burrow directly comes out and says he won’t play for the Cincinnati Bengals, this is the pick and the right one. Burrow is a top of the first-round quarterback in any draft. He offers a high-level skill set in terms of accuracy, ability to handle pressure, mechanics, processing and intangibles.

33. Bengals, Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

Chad Reuter —

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The Ohio native comes home to provide the leadership required to lift this franchise out of the doldrums.

33. Bengals: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

65. Bengals: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

Walter Cherepinsky — WalterFootball

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

It’s clear by now that Ryan Finley is not the long-term answer, so the Bengals will want to select a franchise quarterback with the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa is no longer the option because of his devastating injury, but it doesn’t even matter anymore, based on what Joe Burrow has accomplished.

Burrow has made quite the leap. He was actually not considered a first-round prospect back in September. Charlie Campbell reported that NFL Teams See a Day 2 Ceiling for Joe Burrow. Burrow has improved exponentially, and he’s now the no-brainer No. 1 overall selection.

33. Bengals: Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia

The Bengals saw Clint Boling retire unexpectedly, so they’ll need to find someone to replace him. They may also need to replace Cordy Glenn if he leaves.

Solomon Kindley has some impressive movement skills for a large interior lineman.

65. Bengals: Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

The Bengals have the worst linebacking corps in the NFL, so they’ll need to make multiple upgrades to that area this offseason.

Troy Dye is a very athletic linebacker with great coverage skills.

97. Bengals: Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State

Cincinnati’s secondary was a train wreck last year, so multipule upgrades are needed in the defensive backfield.

129. Bengals: Yasir Durant, OT, Missouri

Cincinnati has to continue to upgrade its offensive line, which has been problematic over the past several years.

Yasir Durant has work ethic problems, but is a talented prospect.

Mike Anania — RaidersWire

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Despite coming in with relatively a relatively small hand size (9 inches), Burrow is the easy choice for the Bengals. He is deadly accurate both from within the pocket and while on the move. He can make every throw and shows plenty of juice while scrambling and taking off. As pro-ready as pro-ready gets, Burrow will be under center week 1.

33. Bengals: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

DJ Boyer — DraftSite

1. Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

33. Bengals: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

65. Bengals: KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State

107. Bengals: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah

148. Bengals: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

180. Bengals: Myles Dorn, SAF, North Carolina

216. Bengals: Sage Lewis, LB, Florida International