Bengals Mock Draft 2017 15.0: Taking a sampling of 20 national Mocks
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 a second full seven-round mock draft (with projected compensatory picks and highlights of each player) on March 15, and this is the latest in the series:
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The NFL Draft is now just two weeks away and it's still totally unclear what direction the Bengals will go with the ninth pick in the first round, which is why there is such a wide array of names associated with the team and that pick among numerous national Mock Drafts.
The Bengals could go linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver or even running back depending on what's available with that pick.
I have advocated in both of my full seven-round Mock Drafts that the team select Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster if he is available and some national Mock Drafts have the team doing exactly that.
The following is a sampling of 20 national Mock Drafts, nine of which have the Bengals taking Foster, three taking Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett and a total of eight different players being selected with that ninth pick:
- Rob Rang (CBSSports,com/The Sports Xchange): DE Taco Charlton (Michigan).
- Dane Brugler (CBSSports.com/NFLDraftScout.com): DE Derek Barnett (Tennessee).
- Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- Will Brinson (CBSSports.com): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- Jared Dubin (CBSSports.com): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- Ryan Wilson (CBSSports.com): WR Corey Davis (Western Michigan).
- Bucky Brooks (NFL.com): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com): DE Jonathan Allen (Alabama).
- Charlie Casserly (NFL.com): DE Derek Barnett (Tennessee).
- Lance Zierlein (NFL.com): OT Cam Robinson (Alabama).
- Chad Reuter (NFL.com): TE O.J. Howard (Alabama).
- Mike Mayock (NFL.com): Position rankings (top 5).
- DraftTek.com (includes full seven-round Mock): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama) with DE Derek Barnett (Tennessee) as alternate pick.
- DraftSite.com (includes full seven-round Mock): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- Dieter Kurtenbach (FoxSports.com, includes four rounds): DE Taco Charlton (Michigan).
- Sports Illustrated: LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- WalterFootball.com (includes 5 rounds): WR Mike Williams (Clemson).
- SportingNews.com: LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- Kevin Hanson (EDSFootball.com): LB Reuben Foster (Alabama).
- SBNation.com: DE Derek Barnett (Tennessee).
Earlier Mock Draft Stories
Here is a link to each of the 13 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: First 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
- Mock Draft 11.0: Second Local12.com Mock - Seven rounds of Bengals picks, including four compensatory picks
- Mock Draft 12.0: Taking a national sampling of numerous Mock first-round picks - LB still in play; WR, DE in mix
- Mock Draft 13.0: Analyzing and grading three full seven-round national Mocks
- Mock Draft 14.0: Re-grading and analyzing each Bengals draft since 2011