Offensive tackle Andre Smith’s bizarre behavior at the NFL Combine has knocked him out of the top OT spot on draft boards around the mockosphere (and no doubt in NFL teams’ war rooms as well) and pushed Eugene Monroe to the top of the tackle heap. As a result, the Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Big Board sees its third lead change of the draft season, with Baylor OT Jason Smith now holding a slim one-pick edge. Former leader Monroe drops to third.
Jason Smith is the third OT to top the Big Board. Michael Oher led the field for all of January, but ceded the lead to Monroe at the beginning of this month. However, Jason’s tenure may be short-lived as mock draft updates continue to roll in, because Andre Smith is gaining ground fast. With both Monroe and Jason increasingly going in the top five, many mockers don’t see Andre falling past Cincinnati, whatever his problems. That certainly can’t be ruled out, especially since we have a “redeemer” for an owner.
However, it should be noted that while the Bengals were all over this year’s OT class at the Combine, there was one notable exception: Andre Smith. As of Friday, they had not interviewed Andre.
Offensive tackle remains the favorite position, with 89 of 123 tracked mocks choosing an OT.
As always, the Big Board was assembled by combing through Fansided’s Mock Draft Database. It uses only mocks that have been updated in the past 30 days. As we get closer to the draft, I will trim that time frame down further so as to more closely reflect the most up-to-date standings.
|Michael Oher||OT||Ole Miss||14||+1|
|B.J. Raji||DT||Boston College||12||+1|
|Chris “Beanie” Wells||RB||Ohio State University||6||no change|
|Aaron Maybin||DE||Penn State||2||no change|
|Aaron Curry||LB||Wake Forest||2||-1|
|Jeremy Maclin||WR||Missouri||1||no change|
|Everette Brown||DE||Florida State||1||–|
|Malcolm Jenkins||CB||Ohio State University||1||–|
By position, that’s 89 (+29) votes for offensive tackle, 12 (+1) for defensive tackle, 9 (+2) for running back, 9 (no change) for defensive end, 2 (-1) for linebacker, 1 (+1) for cornerback, and 1 (no change) for wide receiver.