Bengals 2018 Mock Draft 2.0: Offensive line, CB most recent picks, but QB in play?
NOTE: With the Bengals at 3-6 and not looking like they will make a run at the playoffs in 2017, it's time to start looking ahead to possible fixes in the 2018 draft, which we will do every Tuesday through the NFL Draft in late April. These early looks at mock drafts are just a small sampling of what will come each week, and will eventually build up to Local12.com Digital Sports Columnist/Editor Richard Skinner doing a few different full seven-round mock drafts for the team prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, after the Combine and then just prior to the draft itself as he did in 2017 (here is his final 2017 Mock Draft).
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals certainly have a need on the offensive line heading into both free agency and the NFL Draft, but several early first-round mocks have the team making picks at multiple different positions: offensive line, defensive line, safety, cornerback and even one that has them taking quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville, who is only a junior, but could declare for the draft.
Many of the mock drafts haven't been updated for a few weeks or some we used last week haven't been upated either, so we looked for ones that were updated after this past weekend's NFL games with what would be the current draft order.
So here is a look at three first-round mock drafts, and their selection for the Bengals:
- SBNation,com (Nov. 13): OT Connor Williams (Texas).
- DraftBlaster.com (Nov. 13): CB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama).
- MyNFLDraft.com (Nov. 13): OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame).
The Takeaway: Williams is a junior who is the No. 2-rated player at his position in the Class of 2019, according to NFLDraftScout.com, behind Oklahoma's Orlando Brown, who was CBSSports.com's first-round pick for the Bengals in its most recent mock draft featured here last week.
McGlinchey is the highest-rated offensive right tackle in the Draft Class of 2018, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
Taking a cornerback in the first round is probably a stretch, but its not out of the question. Fitzpatrick, who is a junior, is the top-rated cornerback in the Class of 2019, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
EARLIER MOCK DRAFT STORIES
Here is a link to the previous Bengals 2018 Mock Draft stories from Local12.com:
- Mock Draft 1.0: Sampling of 5 mocks shows offensive line, safety the pick