In the latest CBS Sports mock draft, Rob Rang had the Bengals selecting Georgia middle linebacker Alec Ogletree, while Dan Brugler had them going with a surprise pick in UCLA definitive end Datone Jones:
Cincinnati ranks near the top of the NFL in sacks, but most of that production is coming from inside (Geno Atkins) and Michael Johnson, who is set for free agency. Jones was underutilized at UCLA, lining up mostly at zero and five technique in the Bruins’ three-man front, but could be a dangerous edge rusher.
Jones has been projected as a second-rounder up to this point, but has seen his stock rise as much as any prospect with a solid Senior Bowl week, and a good showing at the scouting combine could firmly plant him in the first-round.
Patrick Allen of Arrowhead Addict made an interesting case for the Kansas City Chiefs being poised to select Geno Smith with the #1 overall-selection based on their recent free agent activity:
It all seems to fit. KC can cut Albert and Dorsey while re-signing Bowe and Albert. The team also nabs Chris Canty and drafts another DE later in 2013 in a draft that is very deep in defensive and offensive lineman. The team then selects QB Geno Smith with the #1 overall pick and rolls into camp with Smith and Foles competing for the #1 QB job. If Smith isn’t ready at first, Foles knows the system and could do an adequate job while Geno learns.