Bengals Mock Draft 13.0: Sample of 10 finds consensus on position, not player
NOTE: Since midway through the 2017 Bengals regular-season Local12.com has taken a look at potential help for the 2018 season via the NFL Draft in late April through various mock drafts. These early looks at mock drafts will eventually lead to Local12.com Digital Sports Columnist/Editor Richard Skinner doing 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) - This week we will take a look at 10 different mock draft first-round selections for the team (note: the Bengals will pick 12th in the first round):
- BleacherReport (updated Feb. 9): OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame).
- DraftBlaster.com (updated Feb. 9): OT Kolton Miller (UCLA).
- DraftTek.com (updated Feb. 7): OT Brian O'Neill (Pittsburgh).
- DraftSite.com (updated Feb. 7): S Derwin James (Florida State).
- DraftWire.USAToday.com (updated Feb. 7): OT Orlando Brown (Oklahoma).
- NFLDraftGeek.com (updated Feb. 6): DT Vita Vea (Washington).
- SportingNews.com (updated Feb. 5): OT Connor Williams (Texas).
- WalterFootball.com - Charlie Campbell (updated Feb. 5): OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame).
- SBNation.com (updated Feb. 5): OT Orlando Brown (Oklahoma).
- CBSSports.com - Chris Trapasso (updated Feb. 5): OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame).
THE SKINNY: It's clear that the majority of mock drafts have the Bengals selecting an offensive tackle, but there wasn't an overwhelming consensus of which offensive tackle with five different ones taken.
McGlinchey was the choice in three of the mocks and Brown in two of them. Either would be a good pick, as would Williams. They are the three highest-rated offensive tackles in the draft class, according to NFLDraftScout.com, and all have first-round grades.
O'Neill has a second-round grade and was taken in DraftTek.com's draft despite Williams and Brown still being on the board.
Miller has a fourth-round grade and both Williams and Brown were still on the board in the DraftBlaster.com draft.
DraftSite.com was one of two sites not to take a tackle and it selected James, even though McGlinchey was still on the board and went with the 17th pick.
NFLDraftGeek.com's pick of Vea is an outlier, although the Bengals will likely take a defensive tackle at some point in the draft. It should be noted that Vea is the No. 2-rated defensive tackle in the draft according to NFLDraftScout.com. All of the top offensive tackles were still on the board when Vea was taken in this mock, too.
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
- Mock Draft 2.0: Offensive line, CB most recent picks, but QB in play?
- Mock Draft 3.0: Sample of 5 mocks is offensive line heavy, but CB, and even QB picked, too
- Mock Draft 4.0: Some three-round mocks and a lot of O linemen picked
- Mock Draft 5.0: One site's full seven-round mock starts at QB
- Mock Draft 6.0: Sample of 10 mocks yields numerous different results
- Mock Draft 7.0: Ranking 5 different first-round mock selections
- Mock Draft 8.0: Sample of 10 mocks yields nine different picks
- Mock Draft 9.0: Analyzing one site's full seven-round mock draft
- Mock Draft 10.0: Grading five different first-round mock selections
- Mock Draft 11.0: What round to take a quarterback - if at all?
- Mock Draft 12.0: Full seven-round mock (with compensatory picks) via a simulator