2017 Bengals Mock Draft 11.0: Mocking a full seven rounds for a second time
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 the first full seven-round mock draft (with projected compensatory picks, which have since changed) a month go, and this is the latest in the series:
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - With the NFL Scouting Combine having come and gone and the dust beginning to settle a bit from the frenzied early few days of free agency, it's time to take another stab at a full seven-round Bengals Mock Draft.
In the initial one I did in Mock Draft 6.0 (click on link above) I presented the scenario of it being done with the team losing Kevin Zeitler to free agency, which obviously came to fruition. But I did not project the loss of tackle Andrew Whitworth. That has the Bengals now with an extra hole to fill on the offensive line even if they are about to sign former Bengals tackle Andre Smith.
They also have had visits from free agent defensive end Connor Barwin and middle linebacker Keenan Robinson, plus linebacker Kevin Minter is visiting on Wednesday. The team has the need for a pass rusher and to replace unproductive middle linebacker Rey Maualuga.
Some depth at running back is likely needed, as well, after Rex Burkhead signed with New England as a free agent. The team still has Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, but Hill is coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons and Bernard is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL.
For the purposes of this Mock Draft, it will be done without projecting possible future free agent signings by the Bengals.
So with all of that in mind here is the second full seven-round Mock Draft, this time using selections made by DraftTek.com in its most recent full Mock Draft (done March 15) prior to the Bengals picking, and then making my own selection:
1st Round (9th pick overall): MLB Reuben Foster
The Skinny: He made amends for his blowup at the Combine that led to him being sent home and the Bengals have a desperate need at the position. He is still the highest-rated inside linebacker according to NFLDraftScout.com. This is the same pick I made in the first full Mock Draft. Defensive end Derek Barnett is on the DraftTek.com board as is wide receiver Corey Davis, which is the site's selection, but the Bengals don't have as pressing a need at those positions. Foster has the ability to step in and be a starter from day one and the Bengals need him to be.
2nd Round (41st pick overall): DE Tarell Basham, Ohio.
The Skinny: The 6-foot-4, 269-pound Basham was extremely impressive during Senior Bowl workouts and practices, ran a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine and was very productive in his college career with 29.5 sacks. I had the Bengals taking Indiana guard Dan Feeney in the last Mock Draft and they have a need at the position, but Feeney's stock has slipped a few too many spots.
3rd Round (73rd pick overall): G Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh
The Skinny: This is actually the pick made by DraftTek.com and I would agree with it. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Johnson is rated as high as a late second-round pick and as low as a mid-third round pick so he's a good fit in this spot and because it's an area of need. He was a first-team All-ACC selection this past season in helping Pitt roll up the most points in school history (508). He is the No. 4-rated guard by NFLDraftScout.com.
4th Round (116th pick overall - due to other teams' third round compensatory picks): RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State.
The Skinny: He gets a slight edge over Toledo running back Kareem Hunt, who was also still on the board and got taken a couple of picks later, because he's a bit faster and more versatile. However, Hunt is tremendous as a runner and with ball security. McNichols, who is 5-9, 204 pounds, ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the Combine. He had to replace Jay Ajayi, who is coming off an outstanding second season with the Miami Dolphins, heading into the 2015 season. Over the 2015 and 2016 seasons he rushed for 3,046 yards (5.6 per carry) and 43 touchdowns and had 88 receptions for 934 yards and 10 touchdowns.
4th Round compensatory (138th pick overall - due to other teams' third round compensatory picks): WR ArDarius Stewart, Alabama.
The Skinny: He has a third-round grade according to NFLDraftScout.com, but he is still on the DraftTek.com board at this point (and went a few picks later). He is 6-feet, 204 pounds, and has run the 40 as fast as 4.40, but was timed at 4.49 at the Combine. He led Alabama in receiving yards (864) and touchdown receptions (eight) despite having a freshman quarterback who struggled in big games and despite missing three games (two due to a sprained knee and another for a suspension).
5th Round (153rd pick overall): DT Ryan Glasgow, Michigan
The Skinny: The Bengals lost Domata Peko to free agency, but they have three players who missed the 2016 season due to injury in the mix (Andrew Billings, Marcus Hardison and Brandon Thompson) to play alongside Geno Atkins and provide depth. But one more young body wouldn't hurt. The 6-3, 302-pound Glasgow has a fourth-round grade, but is available in the DraftTek.com Mock Draft at this point. He had 39 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, for the Wolverines in 2016.
5th Round Compensatory (176th pick overall): CB Jalen Myrick, Minnesota
The Skinny: He has quickly risen up draft boards after running a 4.28 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, and it would be surprising if he is available in this spot since he has a fourth-round grade from NFLDraftScout.com. He is available into the sixth round on the DraftTek.com Mock Draft so time to grab him. He is just 5-10, but a solid 200 pounds, and projects better as a slot corner. That would fit the Bengals nicely with Dre Kirkpatrick and likely William Jackson III on the outside (and possibly Adam Jones in the mix) and would provide depth to likely slot corner Darqueze Dennard, who has been injury prone.
6th Round (193rd pick overall): C Kyle Fuller, Baylor
The Skinny: This is the player DraftTek.com has the Bengals taking in this spot, but it's doubtful he will be available as he has a fourth-round grade from NFLDraftScout.com. The 6-5, 307-pound Fuller was a First-Team All-Big 12 selection and if he is available would certainly provide competition for Russell Bodine, and some depth with T.J. Johnson likely primarily playing guard and possibly even starting.
6th Round Compensatory (217th pick overall): MLB Marquel Lee, Wake Forest
The Skinny: He would provide some depth at a position of need and was a productive player in college where he was selected Second-Team All-ACC after recording 98 tackles, including 19.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He had 5.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks, in one game. The 6-3, 240-pound Lee has run the 40 as fast at 4.65.
7th Round (227th pick overall): K Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
The Skinny: He is the highest-rated kicker in the draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com. Even though the Bengals re-signed Randy Bullock, Gonzalez would provide competition of some sort in training camp and this would be a good value. Gonzalez won the 2016 Lou Groza Award after making 23 of 25 field goal attempts, including an FBS-leading 14 field from at least 40 yards out this past season. His only two misses were both from 53 yards and he was 7-for-9 on attempts from 50 yards or more, including the longest field goal of the year, a 59-yarder.
7th Round Compensatory (251st pick overall): CB/S Treston Decoud
The Skinny: I took him with the sixth-round compensatory pick in the last Mock Draft, but he is still available here in the DraftTek.com Draft and in fact is taken two selections later as the final pick of the draft. He isn't all that fast (although he's been timed as low as 4.44 in the 40, but was timed at 4.62 at the Combine), but has good size at 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, and finished with a team-high 10 pass breakups this past season. While it seems like the Bengals may have a potential glut of cornerbacks on the roster, Josh Shaw is probably better suited to play safety and outside of Kirkpatrick no one else is proven. Decoud may also be able to play safety.
Earlier Mock Draft Stories
Here is a link to each of the 10 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 mocks
- Mock Draft 8.0: Ranking top 5 potential first-round picks
- Mock Draft 9.0: Grading a couple of full seven round Mocks
- Mock Draft 10.0: Taking a post-Combine sampling of national first-round picks