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    Mock Drafts, 2018

    Mel Kiper mock draft 2.0: Bengals start rebuilding their offensive line

    Adding UCLA's Kolton Miller in the draft could keep the Bengals from having a revolving door at left tackle. Chris Williams/Icon SportswireFeb 21, 2018

    • Katherine TerrellESPN Staff Writer

    ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has the Cincinnati Bengals going with a safe pick in his second mock draft of 2018.

    Kiper has the Bengals selecting UCLA tackle Kolton Miller with the No. 12 overall pick, reversing course from his first mock draft, in which he projected Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to Cincinnati.

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    While linebacker does remain a need for the Bengals, the offensive line should the priority No. 1.

    The Bengals haven't made it a secret that they want to address the offensive line, but just how far they will go does remain a question at this point. The franchise hired a new offensive line coach, but it's unclear if they've declared the Cedric Ogbuehi experiment over yet. The 2015 first-round pick will be a free agent in 2019 if the team declines to pick up his contract. Complicating matters even more is the status of 2015 second-round pick Jake Fisher, who was placed on IR with a heart issue in November.

    The Bengals don't have anyone currently waiting in the wings to step up at either tackle position, and after two losing seasons that saw the team allow a combined 80 sacks, they can't afford to have a rotating door at tackle anymore, or at guard for that matter. With center Russell Bodine a pending free agent, the only secure position on the line appears to be left guard Clint Boling, who actually played well when moved to left tackle due to injuries late in the season.

    However, Boling isn't the long-term answer at left tackle, and Ogbuehi isn't either. Eventually, the Bengals are going to have to address that position.

    At 6-foot-8 and 310 pounds, Miller certainly has the size and frame to play tackle, but it's not clear whether he could project best on the left or right side in the NFL. His experience on the left side is limited. Miller started all 13 games at left tackle for UCLA in 2017 and was named second-team All-Pac-12 before declaring for the draft after his junior season. That was his only full season playing left tackle., however He started the first five games of his sophomore season at right tackle but missed the rest of the year because of a foot injury.

    The Bengals have taken six offensive linemen in the first two rounds since 2003. Of those six, three contributed right away (Eric Steinbach, Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler). The other three (Andre Smith, Ogbuehi and Fisher) combined for two starts in their rookie seasons.

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    Calling the offensive line the biggest priority is meaningless if the next words written are about Kolton Miller.

    The need is obvious to all. Where we differ is what Plan B should look like after you've found fault with most or all of the top ranked OLT prospects? Do you draft the best of a bad bunch or do you reluctantly pass until the next round?

    IMO Kiper is guilty of trying to invent what doesn't exist. Faced with a top of the draft devoid of elite OLT prospects he's looked deeper and deeper in his rankings in search of a player who at least looks the part. The next Ogbuehi.

  3. Logic dictates: the best of a "bad" bunch, would still have more experience and familiarity with the LT position than one who "oh-by-the-way-I-played-it-a-few-times".

    Kiper's reach is longer than most tackles. If he was a little larger and younger, he might even be considered.

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    Keep in mind, this time the year he came out JoJo was still a 2nd or 3rd round pick. A lot can change in the next 2 months.

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    Round 1, pick No. 12: Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

    Since he landed in Cincinnati back in 2003, Marvin Lewis has searched for the next Ray Lewis. Whether it was in grabbing Nate Webster in free agency, drafting Odell Thurman in 2005, or giving the enigmatic Vontaze Burifct a shot, he hasn’t truly found “the guy”.

    Last year, whether it was by Lewis’ volition or not, the Bengals passed on Reuben Foster to draft John Ross at No 9. The former made the NFL All-Rookie Team and was a Pro Football Focus favorite, while Ross rotted away on the bench in 2017. Yes, Foster has had off-field issues since entering the league, but he was a much higher-impact player than Ross was last season.
    By all indications, the Bengals are once again pushing their chips in the center of the NFL Drafttable. It’s why they didn’t want to pay Andrew Whitworth or Kevin Zeitler the big bucks this offseason. For those departures, they received a third and fifth round pick this year.
    I’ve said this on multiple platforms, but the Bengals start every season with a handicap that many other NFL teams don’t have. Their front office avoids outside free agency like the plague and relies on younger, unproven, cheaper players to round out their roster.
    The solution to this issue? Drafting the safest players in every class and ones who can contribute right away. Smith appears to be one of those guys in this year’s class, and though there is thought that he might not be around at No. 12, his position isn’t truly a premium one.
    That doesn’t mean he can’t be an immediate impact player right away for Teryl Austin’s defense, though. Imagine Smith and Vontaze Burfict roaming the field and punishing AFC North ball-carriers.
    Smith is a sideline-to-sideline player and could be someone the Bengals rely on for a decade. Did we mention that the Bengals were a woeful 30th against the run last year?

    Round 2, pick No. 46: Will Hernandez, offensive guard, UTEP

    The small school product’s stock rose quite a bit during the Senior Bowl, as he was absolutely mauling people. He’s well-decorated with the Miners and should be a day one starter for the club that grabs him.
    Hernandez is exactly the type of offensive lineman the Bengals need—especially in their division. He’s stout at the point of attack, is a total finisher on his blocks and has a mean streak.
    And, as our own John Sheeran recently pointed out, Hernandez fits the team’s mold in offensive linemen—at least in one way. This weekend, Hernandez put up 37 repetitions on the bench press in Indianapolis.

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    The problem? Aside from questions on the talent he played against while at UTEP, he was strictly a left guard in college. The Bengals appear set with Clint Boling at that spot, but have a major vacancy on the right.
    So, if Hernandez does fall in their lap when the early part of the second round rolls on, Cincinnati will need to be confident he can switch to the right side and still be just as effective. Regardless, the Bengals need major help up front and Hernandez is one of the best guards in this year’s class.

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    Round 3, pick No. 77: Jamarco Jones, offensive tackle, Ohio State

    Jones isn’t going to be known as a dominant tackle, but he is above-average in all aspects. He had a couple of issues last season with the Buckeyes, but overall, he should become a solid pro for a team.
    He checked into the Combine with nice size at 6’4” and 310 pounds, as well as an 85 1/8” wingspan. Jones manned the left tackle position and started 27 consecutive games there for Ohio State. He also grabbed All-Conference nods twice and could help the Bengals out at either tackle spot.
    He had a decent showing at the Combine this past weekend. He didn’t wow anyone with overall athleticism, but his skills should pave the way for him to have a steady NFL career—something the Bengals desperately need on their offensive line.

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    Again, barring something unforeseen from Fisher’s comeback from an irregular heartbeat, the Bengals are probably going to give both he and Ogbuehi a shot to revive their NFL careers in 2018. And, knowing their stick-to-their guns stubbornness, they will also likely point to the recent addition of Bobby Hart as a reason they wait to take a tackle.
    Still, the two 2015 draft picks need to be pushed and not by some has-been or never-were free agent (no direct offense to Hart). Cincinnati could very well address offensive line in the first round, depending on who is there, but they still seem pretty set in their ways with the aforementioned guys who have struggled in their respective NFL careers.

    Round 3, pick No. 100 (Compensatory pick): Luke Falk, quarterback, Washington State

    Cincinnati was so obsessed with keeping a capable backup to Andy Dalton, that it ultimately cost them both lucrative trade offers and likely the player himself (AJ McCarron) earlier than they had anticipated. They seem to like Driskel’s athleticism, but he’s still a project at this point.

    Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting recently put together an interesting list of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. It’s an especially fun read if you are a fan of “The Office” sitcom, as he places characters from that show to the signal-callers entering the league this year.
    He has Falk as “Toby Flenderson”, the embattled H.R. rep of the program. Galko, like many others around the league, use terms like “reliable”, “even-keel” and “respect”.
    But, I digress.
    Falk finisihed his WSU career with 14,481 passing yards, a 68.3 completion percentage, 119 touchdowns and just 39 interceptions—good for a 148.2 career rating. He was instrumental in getting the Cougars back to any kind of national prominence, racking up 26 wins in three seasons as a full-time starter.
    Like Dalton, Falk can move a bit, but he’s bigger at 6’4”. His throwing motion can look a little shot-put-like at times, but he was a productive guy and could help the Bengals if Dalton were to miss time.

    Round 4, pick No. 112: Tim Settle, Defensive Tackle, Virginia Tech

    As I mentioned above, the Bengals were uncharacteristically poor at stopping the run last year. Cincinnati drafted Andrew Billings in the fourth round back in 2016 and he had his first pro snaps last year, after missing his rookie campaign.
    Billings flashed from time to time, but he and other need to step up bigger this year against the run. Pat Sims is a free agent and is entering his 11th season, while big Josh Tupou was arrested earlier this offseason.
    Along with Billings, the Bengals need beef and space-eaters next to Geno Atkins. At 6’3” and 328 pounds, Settle definitely brings girth and some nice tape. Some believe he might go higher than this, but as we saw with Billings, tackles who aren’t deemed “three-down players” can free-fall.
    The Bengals have used a lot of fourth round picks on defensive tackles under Marvin Lewis. Atkins, Domata Peko, Billings and, most recently, Ryan Glasgow highlight the list and if Settle can be had here, the Bengals should pounce on another talented big man.

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    Paul Dehner did his first mock and gave us McGlinchey. There were some better players IMO available yet, like James and Edmunds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_NC View Post
    Paul Dehner did his first mock and gave us McGlinchey. There were some better players IMO available yet, like James and Edmunds.
    I thought his reasoning was borderline stupid. He says they won't take Derwin James because they have Shawn Williams...conveniently ignoring the Bengals recent pursuit of Kurt Coleman. He says they won't consider DaRon Payne because they have Andrew Billings, a late round pick dangerously flirting with outright bust status. He says they won't take Roquan because he's undersized, conveniently ignoring his 14 pound weight gain. He says they won't take Edmunds because they don't value linebackers. Or for that matter, winning. Best, he says they'll take a LT after the entire football world has slowly reached the conclusion that none are worthy.

    Bottom Line, it felt like I was reading a mock draft that was written two months ago.

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    Bengals go all-in on DL in a new 2018 NFL mock draft, getting possible instant starters over first 2 rounds

    The Bengals Wire@TheBengalsWire 2d2 days agoMore

    Bengals go all-in on DL in a new 2018 NFL mock draft, getting possible instant starters over first 2 rounds

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    incy Jungle@CincyJungle 1h1 hour agoMore

    4-round mock draft gives #Bengals a new name at No. 12

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    [QUOTE=Bengals1181;302540][COLOR=#14171A][FONT="][URL=""]incy Jungle

    The first three picks are insanely of course most Bengal fans who commented hated it.


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