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|Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:43 pm Post subject: Final Mock
|As always, this is not necessarily what I would do, but how I expect the team to approach the next three days.
Round 1 (Pick 9): John Ross, WR, Washington
A few days ago I felt comfortable in mocking Derek Barnett at this spot. I still believe Barnett is the safest pick, but the crystal ball himself Dave Lapham has changed my pick here. Lap believes that the team will look to trade down (this falls in line with the rumor that the Bills are looking to go QB at 10, thus making 9 a prime trade spot) and take Barnett (Charles Harris if Barnett is taken), but if they stay put at 9, Lap believes that Ross, not Barnett, will be their highest ranked player. I'm not buying into the fall of Solomon Thomas, and I think mocking a trade here is too risky. That said, I'm taking Lap's word for it and going Ross here instead of Barnett.
As for my feelings on the pick, I would really like, but not love it. There are not many picks that I see the Bengals making here that I would be happy with, so Ross would be a plesent surprise. He has the speed the team has been lacking in loads, but he is far from a one-trick pony like many speedsters. Ross is a natural receiver, with the route-running and ball tracking ability to boot. He would provide the team with a home run option in the offense, as he is a threat to take it to the house every time with his ability to make would-be tacklers miss. The Only think keeping this pick from hitting the "A" territory is Ross' injury history and slight frame, both of which terrify me.
Round 2 (Pick 41): Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
I feel safe in saying the pick here will be running back. The question is, who? If Mixon makes it to this spot, he's the guy. All indication points to the team being in love with him. Other options include a falling Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara. I've also seen that the team will consider Tarell Basham here, but I think Mixon is the safest bet, so I'm sticking with this selection from my last mock.
As stated above, I predicted Mixon in my last mock, so I'll keep this short as my feelings on him haven't changed. Disregarding the off-the-field stuff (which is the only thing that keeps this from being a perfect pick), Mixon is a talent akin to Le'Veon Bell, and would offer tremendous value to this offense.
Round 3 (Pick 73): Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
This is the latest I see the team waiting to address the DE spot. Kpassagnon is a name the team has shown interest in, and this is right around the area we should look for him to come off the board.
I became depressed while typing that pick. Freak athlete, raw project, probably a disaster. I understand why some people are willing to take the chance with a guy like him, but I have had enough of this team and their projects myself. I don't believe this pick would appropriately address the massive pass rushing issue. Kpassagnon's potential is the only thinking keeping this from an "F."
Round 4 (Pick 116): Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
TE is a sneaky need on this team, and Bucky Hodges is a guy they have given a look. I think it is very much plausible that the team start looking towards potential Eifert replacements around this area, as we all know there is no guarantee they will pay him. Even if Eifert stays, his injury history and lack of a capable running mate is cause for concern at the position.
Hodges would be an interesting pick. His athleticism is honestly unrealistic, and he could become a matchup nightmare, proving a crucial weapon for Dalton. His size, speed, athleticism numbers could see Hodges going off the board before this spot, but with a deep TE class and his relative inexperience at the position, this seems like an appropriate area to look for his selection.
Round 4 (Pick 138, Comp): Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
Though not as quietly as the TE position, DT is another under-the-radar need for this team. There is nothing of note behind Geno at the 3T spot, while the team's options at NT consist of an unproven Andrew Billings, who spent his entire rookie season injured and has not played a snap of football in over a year, and Pat Sims, who is often injured and not good to begin with.
Glasgow would provide the team with a bit of depth behind Geno. He is a quality run defender, and though not a pass-rushing specialist, has shown the ability to notch a sack here and there. I really like him as a player and this would be a good spot for him.
Round 5 (Pick 153): Zane Gonzales, K, Arizona State
It has been said the team will look to bring in a couple of rookies to compete with Bullock and Brown for the kicking job. I assume they will draft one, and sign a UDFA. Gonzales is not only widely considered the best kicker in the draft, but he is also the only kicker the team has met with.
I wouldn't love this pick. I dislike the idea of taking kickers high, however it is the 5th round and the lack of an able kicker arguably lost the team multiple games last season, so I would not necessarily hate it either.
Round 5 (Pick 176, Comp): Brandon Wilson, CB, Houston
Like Rudy Ford in my last mock in this very spot, this is a Bengals pick. Wilson was a team captain last season, and has experience working in each coverage unit, as well as a return specialist.
Nothing special here. I wouldn't hate the pick, but its nothing to get excited about. I would complain if Wilson were taken over a guy like Kazee, however I assume he will be gone by this point. Interestingly enough, Wilson has not only contributed on defense and special teams, but offense as well. Solid pick.
Round 6 (Pick 193): Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State
I see the team holding off on LB until the later rounds after the signing of Minter. I've considered Samson Ebukam as a pass rushing LB the team has met with, but believe Lee is the more likely candidate to be here at this spot, as well as the one who offers more to the team. Lee is a guy they have recently brought in for a visit, and he fits multiple needs for the team defensively as a guy who is decent in coverage and as a pass rushing LB.
This pick could end up being a late-round steal, so I quite like it. As mentioned above, Lee offers some ability in coverage and in the pass rush in addition to being a solid depth LB, both inside and outside. He would present the team with solid value at this spot.
Round 6 (Pick 217, Comp): Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga
Davis is one of a couple of DEs that the team has met with that should come off the board around this spot, along with Keion Adams. Adams' lack of size made me go with Davis here. I still expect the team to double dip at the DE spot as rumored, but I'm not as convinced they will both come by the end of round 4 as I previously was.
As for the pick, Davis is fine here. Similar to almost anyone at this point, he isn't anything to get excited about nor terribly mad over. Average pick.
Round 7 (Pick 227): Dustin Stanton, OL, Oregon State
Stanton is in a group of OL the team has met with, including Landon Lechler and Victor Salako, that I have considered here. Stanton's versatility gives him the edge, in addition to the fact that the team brought him in for a private meeting. I don't see the Bengals taking an OL much higher than this anymore, with Smith the favorite to start at RG.
The pick is fine for the seventh round. Stanton has some athleticism to him as a TE convert and experience at both RT and RG in college. The team also worked him out as a C during his visit. I'd take him as a PS guy.
Round 7 (Pick 251, Comp): DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue
For the spot it came down to Yancey and Quincy Adeboyejo, both players the team has met with. Adeboyejo is much more likely to be gone than Yancey at this point, and Yancey had a private workout with the team. As with DE, I see the Bengals double dipping at the WR position in this scenario.
There are more promising WRs to be had at this spot, but to Yancey's credit, he has put up good statistics over his career at Purdue as a size/deep threat guy. However, he has issues with hands, route running, speed, and separation. Wouldn't count on his game translating to the next level.
Overall Draft Grade: B-