Bengals 2018 Mock Draft 9.0: Analyzing a full seven-round mock

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Florida State defensive back Derwin James celebrates an interception with was ruled down in the second half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, in Tallahassee, Fla. James was selected to the AP All-Conference ACC team announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)

NOTE: Since midway through the 2017 Bengals regular-season 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 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 a full seven-round mock draft done by and analyze the selections and impact it would have on the Bengals (note: this doesn't included potential compensatory picks the Bengals will receive for losing free agents):

  • 1st Round: S Derwin James (Florida State).
  • 2nd Round: DE Duke Ejiofor (Wake Forest).
  • 3rd Round: ILB Micah Kaiser (Virginia).
  • 4th Round: OLB Darius Leonard (South Carolina State).
  • 5th Round: C/G Scott Quessenberry (UCLA).
  • 6th Round: RB Mark Walton (Miami, Fla).
  • 7th Round: WR Darren Carrington (Utah).

THE TAKEAWAY: The Bengals need to add some depth at safety, but not sure it needs to be addressed in the first round, although James is the No. 1-ranked strong safety in the Class of 2018 by

James would give the Bengals playmaking potential at safety, which is something that both George Iloka and Shawn Wlliams lack, although both are solid performers when healthy.

Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson was selected the pick before the Bengals while his Fighting Irish teammate tackle Mike McGlinchey was still available and would probably be the better pick.

Ejiofor has just a fourth-round grade from so this would be a major reach. It makes it much more of a reach considering how well Carl Lawson played last season and the potential that Jordan Willis showed.

Kiser is the No. 3-ranked inside linebacker in the Class of 2018 by, but he also has a fourth-round grade. He played middle linebacker before Virginia changed to a 3-4 scheme. He finished the 2017 with 134 tackles, which ranked first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and third in the nation. He might just fit the bill for the Bengals as a 4-3 base middle linebacker who can be a first-down run-stopper.

The Bengals need to add some depth at linebacker and Leonard does have a fourth-round grade from, so that pick has him slotted perfectly.

Quessenberry has a late fourth-round/early fifth-round grade as a center and also started several games in his college career at guard. He could push Russell Bodine if the Bengals opt to re-sign him or could compete for the starting spot at center if the team doesn't.

It's doubtful the Bengals draft a running back at all with Brian Hill and Tra Carson competent enough to be the No. 3 back behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard.

The mock draft had the Bengals taking Stanford tackle Casey Tucker early in the seventh round, but the Bengals lost that pick in the trade with Jacksonville that landed defensive end Chris Smith.

The Bengals do have New England's seventh-round pick, which they acquired when they traded linebacker Marquis Flowers, and that's the pick that has them landing Carrington.


Here is a link to the previous Bengals 2018 Mock Draft stories from

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