While the Bengals 2012 season is now over, it’s time to look towards the draft. Now, while the offense sputtered during the end, the Bengals still have some pretty good pieces right there. AJ Green is an amazing player. Andy Dalton has a winning record as a starter, and has thrown for 47 TD passes these past 2 seasons. Mohammed Sanu will be coming back off an injury. Jermaine Gresham had a horrible playoff game, but he actually had a pretty decent season. Most YAC for any TE and also dropped less balls in the regular season than most people think. A lot of people forget this guy, but Travelle Wharton will also be coming back. The Bengals will be able to look towards free agency to fill in some holes on offense, and health will be coming back to them. Now, this mock is obviously an early one, but I had put some time into this and checked out depth chart and even possible free agent pick ups. So here is my mock draft:
1: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia:
The Cincinnati Bengals need linebacker help. Rey Mauauluga just needs to go, as does Manny Lawson. We also aren’t too sure how Thomas Howard will look while coming back from an injury. Ogletree is a very good linebacker, and very good in coverage. He is a converted safety, and he has a high motor. He hustles to the ball and has a projected 40 time of 4.6. Ogletree would be an immediate starter and would have a good impact on this defense. This defense lacks a leader. Yes, Geno Atkins is the best of this defense, but there needs to be someone to step into the leadership role, enter in Ogletree. The Bengals get a LB that can help them out in coverage finally. Ogletree is great with instincts and would help impact this defense in a good way. Ogletree is arguably the best ILB in this year’s draft, and would make an immediate impact once he hits the field.