Pick 2b, 53rd overall: Kyle Long, Offensive Tackle, Oregon.
Let’s face it, there is no deal in place for the return of Andre Smith and we have to look ahead without him. Taking a Tackle later than this pick jeopardizes the talent pool, and honestly a more talented Tackle may not make it past this round. Yes, there are better OT’s for the Bengals, but they’ll be gone by the time this pick hits, and Long is a very talented player who can take over this position in the near future. At 6’ 6” and an athletic 314 lbs, Long might be a sleeper pick here at 53.
Pick 3, 84th overall: Giovani Bernard, Running Back, North Carolina.
Bernard is an explosive player and a guy who is another immediate impact player. With the Law Firm, and now Bernard Scott back in action, look for Gio Bernard to start as a limited playmaker and move into a more serious role as the season continues. Last season, in a shotgun style offense, Bernard rushed 184 times for 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns, which is an average of 6.7 yards per carry. Out of the backfield Bernard caught 47 passes for 490 yards and 5 touchdowns, a 10.4 yd/catch average.
Pick 4, 118th overall: Brian Schwenke, Center, California.
Schwenke measures in at 6’3” and 314lbs. A versatile Center/Guard, look for Schwenke to be an immediate improvement over a center position that struggled in 2012. This is a guy who knows line calls, smart enough to pick up the zone blitz, yet agile enough to play Guard. If Schwenke is still here look for the Bengals to gulp him up.
Pick 5, 156th overall: Marcus Davis, Wide Receiver, Virginia Tech.
Davis is a big target at 6 foot 3 and 233 lbs. Davis also ran a 4.56 40 yard dash at the combine. Look for Davis to be here at this pick and Mike Brown loves receivers, especially ones with playmaking ability. Davis comes from Va. Tech where he was under utilized as a wide receiver due to having an inaccurate quarterback. Look for Davis to fill in as a nice third or fourth receiver for Dalton to throw to.