ICYMI: NFL Draft: 7-Round Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft

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Oct 27, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) with the ball as North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Rickey Dowdy (34) and defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop (92) and safety Earl Wolff (27) defend in the fourth quarter at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

 

2nd round B: Giovani Bernard, RB

This guy also fits the Bengals offense and could also be BPA. Bernard found the end zone EVERY game he played in 2012. He’s very fast and agile, can also fit through small holes and has a good burst on him. Averaged 6.7 YPC last season and 16 yards a return. With Jones and Tate both becoming free agents this offseason, Bernard could also return kicks if the Bengals don’t make him an immediate starter. Great receiver and would fit extremely well in a West Coast Offense. Bernard could end up being the next best RB in the league, and I strongly believe that. Injury has been his main problem, but he still plays at a very high level. He’s going to be a surprise player in this league.

 

Nov 26, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs safety Bacarri Rambo (18) waits on the field between plays during the second half of the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia defeated Georgia Tech 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

 

3rd round: Bacarri Rambo, S

My favorite safety prospect, and I believe he is the ball-hawk the Bengals have been looking for. Red flags are why this guy has dropped, but other than that, he is a turnover machine. Last year, he was arguably the best safety coming into the draft (argued with Mark Barron), but chose to stay in Georgia. He missed 4 games for disciplinary issues, but played very well in the games he did play in. Imagine the Bengals with a safety that can get turnovers, I mean, the Bengals win more games if they actually catch INTs. Rambo plays well in the run, and although people see him as a FS, he would play SS here, and I think he is better suited to do so. He’s not the best in coverage, but giving him more free reign he could definitely make an impact on this defense.

 

4th round: Brian Schwenke, C

Had an amazing Senior Bowl and great practices. Did very well against the best DTs in this game, and also CAL has done a very good job of putting out Centers. Schwenke would fit well with the Bengals, and is a very good pass blocker. I could see this helping Dalton stay on his feet rather than his back.

 

5th round: Duke Williams, S

I’m a Nevada fan and so I’ve watched Duke a lot. He is arguably the best safety in deep coverage, and honestly would help out in STs and depth. Because Clements is not a safety, the Mays project has failed, and Sands should be cut. Adds depth and would help out in deep passing situations.

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