Bengals Mock Draft 12.0: First stab at a full seven-round mock (via simulator)
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 stab at a full seven-round mock draft thanks to a simulator from the website FanSpeak.com.
The simulator uses multiple draft boards from which to choose and makes the picks for the other 31 teams each round, while I made the pick for the Bengals (using the difficult simulator rating over the classic rating, which prevents players from falling too far from their ratings).
Here is a mock from the most recent "Big Board" in the system, and why I made the selections I did (note: the picks assume the Bengals don't make any major free agent acquisitions; the drafts added compensatory picks in rounds three and five and two in round seven, and the Bengals lost their spot in the seventh round in a trade last season for defensive end Chris Smith, but acquired New England's seventh-round pick when they traded linebacker Marquis Flowers):
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller's Big Board)
- 1. OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame).
- 2. C Billy Price (Ohio State).
- 3. OLB Jerome Baker (Ohio State).
- 3a. OLB Lorenzo Carter (Georgia).
- 4. DT Tim Settle (Virginia Tech).
- 5. WR Tre'Quan Smith (UCF).
- 5a. CB Isaac Yiadom (Boston College).
- 6. OT Joseph Noteboom (TCU).
- 7. S Kamari Cotton-Moya (Iowa State).
- 7a. CB Rashard Fant (Indiana).
- 7b. DE Justin Lawler SMU.
The Skinny: The Bengals need an offensive tackle who has a chance to play right away, and McGlinchey is expected to be able to that. His Notre Dame teammate, guard Quenton Nelson, was still on the board and rated higher overall, but the Bengals have more options at guard, including Clint Boling moving back there from the tackle position. Russell Bodine is a free agent, and assuming he leaves, the Bengals would have more than a suitable replacement in Price, who has a first-round grade from NFL DraftScout.com. The Bengals need some added depth at linebacker and get that with both third-round picks. It would allow the Bengals to possibly move Vontaze Burfict to middle linebacker. While he was very average there in the few games he played at the position, perhaps a full training camp and preseason would have him ready. It was his position in college. The 6-foot-2, 335-pound Settle has a second-round grade from NFLDraftScout.com and would be a steal in the fourth round. He fits the mold of run-stopper. Smith has a late third round/early fourth round grade, and the Bengals might wind up cutting Brandon LaFell and Smith would be a suitable replacement to complement A.J. Green and John Ross. The Bengals are likely to cut veteran cornerback Adam Jones and even if they don't an NFL team can never have enough cornerbacks. Yiadom has a late third round/early fourth round grade. Noteboom has a fifth-round grade and adds depth and competition. The three seventh-round picks add depth. It would have been nice to take a safety earlier in the draft, but it just never worked out that way in the simulation.
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?