Bengals Mock Draft
1A. David DeCastro OG Stanford The closer we get to draft day the more confident I am that DeCastro will fall to 17 because OG is not regarded as a top 15 pick no matter how good the player is. I think that based on pure talent DeCastro is a top 5 pick behind the 2 QB’s and Richardson. He fills an immediate need and is the best OG I have seen on film since Steve Hutchinson.
1B. Stephen Gilmore CB South Carolina Gilmore has first round talent with none of the issues that follow Jenkins and Kirkpatrick. Gilmore will be able to step right in and learn the game for a year while playing in specific packages. He will be Leon Hall’s right hand man for many years to come.
2. Lamar Miller RB Miami (FL) Miller is an explosive back who can catch the ball out of the backfield and make people miss in the open field. He can and will be a starting running back in the NFL.
3. Markelle Martin Safety Oklahoma St. Martin will backup Nelson and could even start opposite of him when team go 4-wide. I have him as the third best safety in the draft with future starter potential. If Mays falls on his face Martin will be able to step up and start but he won’t be as big an asset in run defense as Mays will be. Martin is the perfect rotation player with Mays based on the offensive lineup.
4. Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma Lewis will be able to step up if Maualuga continues to be inconsistent at MLB. Lewis has more physical tools that Skuta and he will contribute on Special Teams from day one.
5A. Tommy Streeter WR Miami (FL) Streeter is a huge target at 6’4” which Marvin loves. Streeter is mostly a Go Route type of player at this point in time but he has all the physical tools to be a high end #2 WR.
5B. DeVier Posey WR OSU Posey is a hometown kid from Cincinnati who is a #3 WR when he comes into the league. Posey has the physical tools to be a solid #2 WR in the league but he needs coached up by Hue Jackson. Posey is not afraid to go over the middle and catches the ball with his hands. If Posey can learn to run consistent routes then his value skyrockets.
5C. Matt Reynolds OT BYU Reynolds is a big bodied individual that lacks elite athleticism much in the mold of Dennis Roland. Reynolds is a quality backup that can play LT or RT so he should stick around the league for a while due to his versatility.
6. Kevin Koger TE Michigan Koger is a practice squad player at this point in his career. His superior pure athleticism never showed up on game tape. He is more of a workout warrior than a football player but with NFL coaching he might make a career out of it.
I think that this hits a lot of major needs and provides us depth with some good value picks. No mock is perfect because we just don’t have enough picks. I can see a lot of these guys making the team out of training camp and putting a ton of pressure on the veterans. Let me know what you think.
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