The Cincinnati Bengals are currently loaded as we near the NFL Combine. With 11 picks at their disposal, Cincinnati will have a great chance to revitalize a roster in transition. Many position groups are aging, while others have not developed well. The Bengals need some hits and immediate contributors in 2018.
Using the FanSpeak On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator, here is one realistic scenario that would make sense for the Bengals.
Round 1, pick 12: Orlando Brown Jr, OT, Oklahoma
The current state of affairs for the Bengals’ offensive line is, well, offensive. None of the team’s early investments in the line have come to fruition, leaving the cupboard bare, especially at offensive tackle. Brown would go a long way in adding some stability to the unit.
Round 2, pick 46: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Coach Marvin Lewis recently expressed his desire for the team to re-sign impending free-agent TE Tyler Eifert, but there’s no guarantee that a deal will get done. With the position in flux, the Bengals would do well to tab a replacement, and Goedert is a heck of a receiving threat at tight end.
Round 3, pick 77: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
It will likely sting the Bengals to watch future Hall of Famer A.J. McCarron move on this winter–okay, maybe not. Lauletta is a hot commodity and if he falls to this point (as he did in Fanspeak’s simulation), the Bengals would be wise to tab a young QB to fill in the back-up role.
Round 3, pick 99: Jessie Bates III, SAF, Wake Forest
Bates is one of my personal favorite under-the-radar prospects to this point in the draft season. The Bengals’ two-deep on the back end looks underwhelming and the firepower in Pittsburgh isn’t going anywhere.
Round 4, pick 114: Jalyn Holmes, DL, Ohio State
Is there a better team and “type” marriage in this year’s class than Cincinnati and another “big defensive end”? I’m not sure. Holmes has the length and mass the Bengals have been drawn to for years from their ends.
Round 5, pick 153: Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
The Bengals like their LBs to be physical, which is why Cabinda makes sense. Kevin Minter is a pending free agent at the MIKE. Cabinda’s strengths and weaknesses aren’t too dissimilar from the former LSU product.
Round 5, pick 172: Colby Gossett, OL, Appalachian State
Gossett is an athletic interior lineman who needs to work on improving his angles out of his stance, but his traits are not far off from current OG Christian Westerman of Arizona State.
Round 6, pick 190: Kentavius Street, DL, North Carolina State
Street is a hard name to pin down in this year’s draft because he’s a renowned athletic freak but also has to clean up his fundamentals. Like Holmes, Street is a “big DL” — there’s no such thing as too much depth along the defensive line.
Round 7, pick 250: Garrett Dooley, LB, Wisconsin
Dooley has great rushing upside, but I do expect a bigger slip down the draft board than what he deserves on draft night due to athleticism concerns. Dooley has illustrated a lot of desirable hand counters and could be a depth/chess piece in the front seven, especially since he has experience playing off the ball.
Round 7, pick 252: Larry Allen Jr, OG, Harvard
Hey, when there are three picks in the final 10 of the draft class, why not take a swing on some NFL bloodlines? That’s exactly what the Bengals do in this simulation when they tab legendary OG Larry Allen’s son to compete for a spot on a wide-open depth chart.
Round 7, pick 253: Keishawn Bierra, LB, Washington
It’s well established that the Bengals love their LBs to have some teeth. Bierra is a hammer in the middle, giving him a fair chance to stick on the roster.