DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Round 5/Pick 150
Cincinnati needs to add depth to the defensive interior. I thought Andrew Brown was that guy last year (and he may still be). The position depth drops off after this point.
The Pick: Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
Cincinnati Bengals: 7-Round Mock Draft2-16-19
Round 3/Pick 72
The Bengals will need to draft at least one (maybe two) tight ends, depending on if they re-sign any of their three free agents. Tyler Eifert could be brought back on another one-year, prove it deal. Depending on his market, I could also see C.J. Uzomah back. The 2019 tight end class is quite deep. Several potential starters could be available at this pick. Georgia’s Isaac Nauta was underutilized in Athens. He has great size and can stretch the seam. He would be a welcome addition.
The Pick: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
Round 2/Pick 36
After shocking a great deal of people with their first-round pick, the Bengals still have needs on the offensive line, linebacker, and tight end. Most of the top tackles are off the board. Although, I considered Yodny Cajuste here. The top three tight ends are gone. However, I can’t bear to suffer with Alex Redmond at right guard again. Unless new offensive line coach believes more in Christian Westermann than the previous regime, I could see a pick at guard here. Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom has the demeanor and skillset to be a ten-year starter inside.
The Pick: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Round 1/Pick 11
Let’s get weird. The board broke down to give the Bengals a shot at their biggest needs. Ed Oliver was still on the board (my #3 overall player). Devin White, the near consensus top LB prospect, was also available. However, so was Dwayne Haskins. Haskins is my top rated QB. Will Zac Taylor want to groom his guy at quarterback? Does he view Haskins this highly? I don’t have those answers. For the sake of this exercise, let us assume the Bengals will be looking at a new QB in 2020.
The Pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Cincinnati Bengals finished 2018 with a disappointing 6-10 record. The second-longest tenured coach in the NFL, Marvin Lewis, was finally let go. In his stead will be first-time head man Zac Taylor. Taylor was last the QB coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
This is a new era for the franchise. Will their drafting habits change? One can only hope.
Today, I will go through all seven rounds of a mock draft to see if I can make the Cincinnati Bengals a better team. I will use my own big board, with User-Votes team needs, and the difficult setting at the draft simulator site Fanspeak. You all can do the same.
Round 4/Pick 110
Cincinnati has needed to get more athletic at linebacker for seemingly years. At the Senior Bowl, New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks showed that he can fill gaps and cover space quickly. I considered Memphis RB Darrell Henderson here as well but ultimately a potential starter won out.
The Pick: Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State
THE REST OF THE PICKS:
6/185: Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock
6/201: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
6/212: Tyree St. Louis, OT, Miami-FL
6/214: T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
6/216: Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College
7/225: Daryl Johnson, EDGE, North Carolina A&T