Mock drafts are in full swing right now, and here’s how some of the most notable draft-nicks projected the Bengals could be selecting come April:
Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft had the Bengals selecting Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, and ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley liked the pick:
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Kiper’s pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Hensley’s comment: This pick makes a lot of sense for the Bengals. Vaccaro is a physical defensive back who would fill the biggest void on defense over the past year and would be a great compliment to Reggie Nelson. Teams often find good values by taking a safety in the bottom half of the first round.
This comes just a few weeks after NFL draft analyst Russ Lande predicted Vaccaro to be a top-5 pick, so you may not want to get your hopes up of seeing him in Bengals stripes.
Also from ESPN, Todd McShay had the Bengals taking Alabama runingback Eddie Lacy.