With the 2009 NFL draft less than two weeks away, I have once again shortened the timeframe for the Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Big Board, which now includes only mocks updated in the last 10 days.
The impact of the Tank Johnson signing is obvious: DT B.J. Raji, who led the board for the last couple of updates, has tumbled and a new leader emerged: Alabama OT Andre Smith. Raji is still running third, but his votes come almost exclusively from pre-Tank-signing mocks and those will surely vanish as updates are done.
With Andre’s ascension to the top spot, all four of this draft’s top tackles — Andre, Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, and Michael Oher — have held the No. 1 position for at least one week.
Monroe is running a strong second, but the chances of either him or Jason Smith lasting until six appear bleak. The Rams at No. 2 are in dire need of a tackle after releasing Orlando Pace, while the Seahawks’ Walter Jones is currently rehabbing from microfracture surgery.
As always, the Big Board was assembled by combing through Fansided’s Mock Draft Database, and also incorporates mocks from the media.
|B.J. Raji||DT||Boston College||15||-21|
|Brian Orakpo||DE||Texas||8||no change|
|Michael Crabtree||WR||Texas Tech||7||+1|
|Michael Oher||OT||Ole Miss||6||-2|
|Aaron Maybin||DE||Penn State||2||no change|
|Chris “Beanie” Wells||RB||Ohio State University||2||-1|
By position, that’s 64 (+18) votes for offensive tackle, 15 (-21) for defensive tackle, 10 (no change) for defensive end, 9 (+3) for wide receiver, 2 (-1) for running back, and 1 (no change) for linebacker.