One last Big Board — and one last lead change, as Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe surges back into the No. 1 spot on the Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Big Board.
Alabama OT Andre Smith, who had led for the past couple of weeks, slips to the two hole. OT Jason Smith runs a distant third.
No other prospect garners more than four votes.
Positionally, the mockosphere (like many Bengals fans) is locked in on offensive tackle for the Bengals, with 91 of 108 tracked mocks picking an OT at six. (Okay, actually, one projected Andre Smith at 10 after we trade with San Francisco.)
My own take: strictly on talent, and the greater need at right tackle versus left, I lean toward Andre. But he’s going to require the kind of attention the Bengals don’t normally give, whereas Monroe has loads of talent himself and lack the maturity issues. I think he has a better chance to succeed long-term in Cincy than Andre. But in the end, I wouldn’t complain if they selected either player. Jason Smith gives me the willies; do not want.
Aaron Curry, Brian Orakpo, B.J. Raji and Michael Oher are all fine by me as well. No running back or wide receiver, please.
Unfortunately, whatever happens, a prior commitment has me tied up tomorrow well into the first round, so I’ll join you all with my reaction later in the evening. Until then, you can check out the action elsewhere around FanSided, where several boards will be holding a simultaneous live blog or, obviously, keep track of the Bengals on one of the fine Bengals blogs listed to the left.
As always, the Big Board was assembled by combing through Fansided’s Mock Draft Database, and also incorporates mocks from the media. It uses only mocks that have been since last Sunday.
|Chris “Beanie” Wells||RB||Ohio State University||4||+1|
|Michael Crabtree||WR||Texas Tech||4||-1|
|Michael Oher||OT||Ole Miss||4||-4|
|B.J. Raji||DT||Boston College||3||-8|
|Aaron Curry||LB||Wake Forest||1||no change|
|Brian Cushing||LB||USC||1||no change|
By position, that’s 91 (+15) votes for offensive tackle, 5 (+2) for running back, 4 (-1) for wide receiver, 3 (-8) for defensive tackle, 3 (-2) for defensive end, and 2 (no change) for linebacker.