Gosselin: Bengals Take Maclin Over Monroe

Rick Gosselin, the Dallas Morning News’ highly regarded NFL beat writer, has issued his first mock draft for 2009. His pick for the Bengals:

6. Cincinnati Bengals:
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Bengals need WR/KR to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Maclin at six would certainly be an unexpected choice, and one that would likely be greeted with loud boos by Bengals fans. Not only did Cincinnati draft second- and third-round wideouts last year (Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell) and sign Laveraneus Coles after Housh left for Seattle, but in Gosselin’s mock, Eugene Monroe is still on the board when the Bengals go on the clock!

Gosselin hedges his bets a bit in a blog entry today:

So the Bengals need to focus on offense and playmakers in the 2009 draft. A wide-receiver/kick returner combination would be ideal, and Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin fits that bill. He’s in range of Cincinnati’s first-round pick, No. 6 overall. But like last year, the offensive tackles will go fast in the first round and if the Bengals don’t take one at six, there might not be one when they go back on the clock in the second round for the 38th overall pick.

Given that Gosselin says that wide receiver is the deepest position in the draft, selecting Maclin in lieu of an OT makes even less sense. But…we are talking about the Bengals and, specifically, about owner Mike Brown. Brown has never seen an offensive skill player he didn’t like, and if he falls in love with Maclin (or Michael Crabtree or Chris Wells) then it’s game over for all other positions.

Topics: Cincinnati Bengals, Jeremy Maclin

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  • Second Guesser

    True, Maclin at #6 is questionable if Monroe is still on the board. BUT IF, as in all likelihood, Monroe is gone, AND, as is quite possible, Chad J. is gone via trade, Maclin makes a great deal of sense at #6. He’s tough, fast, and elusive; he is a threat after the catch; he is capable of running end-arounds; and he returns kicks. If Ocho is gone, we should end up with at least a mid-2nd, which means we can go for Maclin at #6, use either the Ocho pick or #38 to get the best OT available and still have a 2nd and high 3rd to claim a DE and C. In any case, Maclin has all the signs of being a franchise player coming out of Mizzou. I can’t imagine why any Bengals fans would rue or boo the pick.

  • http://stripehype.com/ David

    There’s no deal for Chad in sight and at this point I doubt very much there will be one. And while I like Maclin, I’ve got plenty of wideouts — all of whom are worthless until I can protect the QB.

    I’ll take Andre Smith or Oher over Maclin at this point.

  • http://www.whodeyfans.com WhoDeyFans

    100% agree Dave, if for some reason Chad is traded I still go OL at 6. get a wide out with one of the later picks, one of our picks from last year needs to step up.

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  • PocketBudLight

    Does Maclin remind anyone of Peter Warrick….??? We saw how that worked out. If Carson is truly a top notch QB (which I believe he is) get an O-Line that can give him time and who cares what receivers we have!

  • http://stripehype.com/ David

    Interesting comparison. Though I actually like Warrick; he was effective as long as he wasn’t expected to be “the” guy.

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