This being college football’s big weekend it only makes sense to break out the first Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Big Board of the year. With the help of Walter’s excellent-as-usual mock draft database, I went through drafts updated since mid-November to find out what the mockosphere thinks that the Bengals will do next April. With the team drafting late in the first round, I expected there would be little consensus, but in fact I found that there is already a runaway favorite in Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham.
|Golden Tate||WR||Notre Dame||8||–|
|Derrick Morgan||DE||Georgia Tech||3||–|
|Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State||3||–|
|Taylor Mays||FS||Southern California||3||–|
|Perrish Cox||CB||Oklahoma State||1||–|
While Gresham is the top vote-getter, wide receiver is the top position chosen, with 37 nods. After that, it’s 27 for TE; 12 RB; 11 DE; 7 DT; 5 S; 5 CB; 4 OG; 1 LB and 1 OT.
Gresham, who didn’t play this year due to a knee injury, is still widely considered the No. 1 TE in the draft. While best-known for his receiving ability, he has also shown an ability to block as well. Finding a tight end who can do both has been a challenge for Cincinnati for years. The biggest question surrounding Gresham is how well he bounces back from injury.
If Gresham can show he’s healthy, he would be a huge boost for the Cincinnati offense. It would also mean the Bengals would be unlikely to bring back injured and aging TE Reggie Kelly, and would obviously put Chase “Crash Dummy” Coffman on thin ice.