NOTE: With the Bengals having completed a third straight losing season and on the cusp having hired a new head coach it's time to continue looking at potential help for the 2019 season via the NFL Draft in late April through various mock drafts. These early looks at mock drafts will eventually lead to 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.
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - With the Super Bowl LIII now complete and Zac Taylor in the fold as Bengals head coach it's time to analyze a site's seven-round mock draft.
We will take a look at the mock draft performed by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller on Feb. 4 (note: it doesn't include compensatory picks for losing free agents after the 2017 season, and the Bengals will be receiving a few of them):
The Skinny: The selection of White would almost be a no-brainer if he is available, because the Bengals need immediate help at the position and they need to stop messing around with taking linebackers in the third round or lower.
The Bengals top three tight ends - Tyler Eifert, C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Eifert - are all free agents, and while they will likely try to re-sign Uzomah and perhaps attempt to re-sign Eifert, Uzomah is not a difference maker and it's hard to count on Eifert due to his injury history.
The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Smith is the No. 2-rated tight end right now by NFLDraftScout.com and has a second-round grade. He caught 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns this past season for the Crimson Tide.
The selection of Thornhill is a bit questionable with Jesse Bates coming off a great rookie season and Shawn Williams coming off a solid season. Plus, Thornhill has a fourth-round grade from NFLDraftScout.com.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Beckner is an interesting player. He is a former five-star recruit who considered putting his name in the draft last year, but returned for his senior season and had 34 tackles (11 of which were for loss) and 3.5 sacks from his tackle position.
Redwine played both cornerback and safety in college, but is projected more as a safety and has a fifth-round grade.
The Bengals will likely need to re-sign free agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard or go after a free agent cornerback, and if they don't do either will need address cornerback significantly early in the draft.
EARLIER 2019 MOCK DRAFT STORIES
Here is a link to the previous Bengals 2019 Mock Draft stories from Local12.com: