With the 2015 NFL Draft just hours away, ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay put out one final set of mocks.
Kiper is staying true to his mock drafts leading up to the real draft with Jameis Winston going No. 1 to Tampa Bay and Marcus Mariota to Tennessee at No. 2. The only real surprise he has is Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers going ninth overall to the New York Giants. Kiper's top two picks were the same, and he too had Flowers going in the top 10, though his pick for the OT is the St. Louis Rams at No. 10.
As for the Bengals, Kiper's final mock has them going with Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat, who's regarded by some as the top offensive tackle in this draft:
Why they take him: He can come in and handle right tackle, and the needs at wide receiver and linebacker can be addressed later. Peat could be the best player available here.
Why they pass: They could roll the dice with Ray, or perhaps wide receiver could be addressed with guys like Jaelen Strong or Phillip Dorsett.
McShay also has the Bengals going with an offensive tackle, but he has Oregon's Jake Fisher as the pick:
Analysis: Both of the Bengals' starting offensive tackles -- Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith -- are free agents after this season, so they could look to find a replacement for one with this pick. Fisher has moved up on my draft board throughout the draft process, and while he struggles at times versus power, he has excellent athleticism for the position.
Fisher has suddenly become a popular name for the Bengals in the first round. In fact, I'd say he has the best odds of being Cincinnati's first pick, for what it's worth.