Over the last few months leading up to the NFL Draft, there have been many talented prospects who were projected to be on the board when the Bengals make their first selection at pick #17. Now that all of the combines, pro days, and interviews are wrapped up, the dust has settled and we can accurately say that these potential Bengals prospects won’t be on the board:
4. Fletcher Cox
Cox is now regarded as the draft’s best DT prospect, and arguably the top defensive lineman prospect. He could go as high as #6 to the Rams, but won’t fall past the Eagles at #16, where DL Coach Jim Washburn will be salivating at what kind of NFL player he can make out of Cox.
3. Luke Kuechly
Kuechly is being projected as high as #5 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and will not make it past the Chiefs at #11 who are in need of a MLB.
2. Mark Barron
Barron is as hot as any prospect leading up to the draft, with multiple reports the Bills are sold on theAlabamasafety at pick #10. With the Cowboys(#14), Jets(#15), and Eagles(#16) all in dire need of a safety, Barron has no shot to make it to the Bengals.