2017 Bengals Mock Draft 10.0: Sampling first-round Mocks post-Combine
NOTE: Since the 2016 Bengals regular season ended Local12.com has taken a look at different mock draft and draft scenarios for the team each week, including doing a full seven-round mock draft (including projected compensatory picks, which have since changed), a couple of weeks ago which will be updated next week. This is the latest in the series:
CINCNNATI (WKRC) - Despite his recent troubles at the NFL Scouting Combine, Alabama middle linebacker Reuben Foster is still being projected to go to the Bengals with the ninth pick of the first round in several post-Combine Mock Drafts, although a couple have the Bengals going in a different direction.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com/The Sports XChange has the Bengals taking a linebacker, but he has them going with Temple's Haason Reddick. He is 6 feet 1, 237 pounds and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the Combine. He is a former 185-pound walk-on who this past season recorded 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.
He is the No. 1-rated outside linebacker, according to NFLDraftScout,com. The Bengals are probably in more of a need for a middle linebacker to replace Rey Maualuga, who was very unproductive last season.
Former NFL General Manager Charlie Casserly of NFL.com and four other CBSSports.com Mock Drafts post-Combine - from Pete Prisco, Will Brinson, Dane Brugler and Ryan Dubin - all have the Bengals still taking Foster in the first round. Casserly says Foster reminds him of former St. Xavier High School star Luke Kuechly, who is now with the Carolina Panthers.
According to NFL.com, Foster reportedly apologized for his blowup at the Combine that led to him being sent home and met with several teams.
The post-Combine Mock Draft from DraftTek.com has the Bengals taking Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis in the first round as some other Mock Drafts had projected prior to the Combine. Davis is the No. 1-rated wide receiver now according NFLDraftScout.com.
Earlier Mock Draft Stories
Here is a link to each of the eight previous Mock Draft stories from Local12.com this offseason:
- Mock Draft 1.0: Bengals could get pick of Alabama linebackers
- Mock Draft 2.0: Getting help for Dalton
- Mock Draft 3.0: Looking to improve pass rush
- Mock Draft 4.0: Pass rusher or linebacker could be on the board
- Mock Draft 5.0: Consensus builds for defensive pick and a deeper dive
- Mock Draft 6.0: Local12.com Mock - Seven rounds (plus) of Bengals picks
- Mock Draft 7.0: Taking a sampling of national picks
- Mock Draft 8.0: Ranking top 5 potential first-round picks
- Mock Draft 9.0: Grading a couple of full seven round Mocks