2017 Bengals Mock Draft 7.0: Taking a sampling of national picks
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - After taking a stab last week at my own full seven-round Bengals mock draft (including four compensatory picks), this week we will again take a sampling of mock drafts from around the internet.
Most of the national mock drafts have the Bengals going defense in the first round (either linebacker Reuben Foster or defensive ends Solomon Thomas or Derek Barnett), but a couple have the Bengals selecting a wide receiver in the first round.
FoxSports.com did a mock draft last week featuring Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams as the selection, while DraftBlaster.com had the Bengals taking Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis in the first round.
The Bengals will have A.J. Green back from injury and rookie Tyler Boyd is coming off a successful rookie season working out of the slot. Yet, the Bengals have a need at the No. 2 wide receiver position on the outside. It's possible the team re-signs Brandon LaFell after his solid performance in 2016 or another veteran to replace him and rookie sixth-round pick Cody Core showed some promise late in the season.
It's also possible the Bengals spend an early pick on a wide receiver.
Williams and Davis are the top two wide receivers in the 2017 Draft, according to NFLScout.com.
Williams, who is 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, had 98 receptions for 1,367 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season to help Clemson win the National Championship. In the title game against Alabama he had eight catches for 94 yards, including an acrobatic leaping catch on each of the Tigers' final two touchdown drives. He also drew a pass interference penalty that set up the game-winning touchdown. Williams has been timed as fast as 4.40 in the 40-yard dash with an average time of 4.50.
Davis, who is 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, has been timed as fast as 4.37 in the 40 with an average time of 4.48. This past season he had 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in helping Western Michigan go 13-1 with the only loss coming to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl 24-16. Davis had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in that game. For his career he finished with 331 catches for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns. He became the first player in FBS history with 300 or more catches, 5,000 or more receiving yards and 50 or more touchdowns in a career.
As mentioned a sampling of most other sites have the Bengals going defense in the first round, and I tend to agree that's the direction the team will go.
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett was the first-round pick by DraftSite.com.
Former NFL general manager Charlie Casserly made Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams the Bengals' first-round selection, and while Williams can be used as a pass rushing end, I just don't see them making that pick at all. If they draft an end it will be one who can play all three downs.
Several of those players were analyzed at length in earlier Local12.com mock draft stories, including video highlights that can be found here:
A couple of sites are doing regular seven-round mock drafts, most notably DraftTek.com and DraftSite.com.
Here is the complete list of Bengals selections (including compensatory picks) from DraftSite,com and click here for their entire seven-round mock draft:
- 1st Round (9th pick overall): DE Derek Barnett (Tennessee).
- 2nd Round (41st pick overall): OT Antonio Garcia (Troy).
- 3rd Round (73rd pick overall): DE Devonte Fields (Louisville).
- 4th Round (114th pick overall): CB Jourdan Lewis (Michigan).
- 4th Round Compensatory (139th pick overal): G Kyle Kalis (Michigan).
- 4th Round Compensatory (145th pick overall): OT Jonah Pirsig (Minnesota).
- 5th Round (155th pick overall): WR James Quick (Louisville).
- 6th Round (194th pick overall): CB Kevin King (Washington).
- 6th Round Compensatory (218th pick overall): S Rayshawn Jenkins (Miami, Florida).
- 6th Round Compensatory (221st pick overall): WR Gabe Marks (Washington State).
- 7th Round (230th pick overall): WR Fred Ross (Mississippi State).