7-Round Cincinnati Bengals NFL Mock Draft

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With the college season almost over, it’s time to take a quick look into the draft. Obviously, there is plenty of football left to be played in the NFL, but mock drafts rarely like to wait until the end of the year. Things change of course, remember when the Jacksonville Jaguars were a sure fire winner to get the #1 overall pick?

Well it’s never too early to look at some prospects that would look well with the Cincinnati Bengals scheme and help this team become better. This is my own, personal 7-round NFL mock draft for the Cincinnati Bengals, so let me know what you think about prospects and if you would like the pick or not.

 

Sep 20, 2012; Boise, ID, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) during the second half against the BYU Cougars at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Brigham Young 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Round 1: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

One of the most athletic linebackers, Kyle Van Noy would be a great fit with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2012, he has a tremendous season where he recorded 13 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He added to his reputation with four more sacks, 15.5 tackles for losses, and two interceptions his senior year.

While his numbers went down, Van Noy still played extremely well as an overall player. He excelled in coverage and was a versatile threat throughout the season, performing well in rushing the passer, playing zone coverage, run stoppage, and played man well. The Bengals are looking for a strong side middle linebacker for the future, and Van Noy is a huge potential Pro Bowl player for years to come.

His fluidity in his movements and agility make it hard for an offense to figure out what exactly he is going to do on defense. This adds another toy to a deadly defense that may put them as the #1 defense in the NFL for years to come. Van Noy tackles well and shows great form, although sometimes lunges numerous times at players.

Arguably his best asset is his instincts, as he finds a way to get himself to where the ball is, or already be where the ball is going. A non stop motor is something the Bengals coaching staff will adore from him and how physical he is. However, he is not as big as some scouts may like.

Van Noy has potential to pan out in numerous defensive positions and would be a great fit on any team. If the Bengals want a strong side linebacker with excellent coverage skills with great pass rushing ability, this is the man they should take the moment they are on the clock.

 

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  • [email protected]

    I would rather see them pick up another D lineman than a OLB, We have a solid LB core. I want to see them go for Aaron Donald from Pitt. A solid guy up front who could replace a Michael Johnson or help if Geno continues to see problems with injuries going forward.

  • Sean Snuff McMahon

    I’m a huge fan on Aaron Donald and think he would be a great player. Heck, he reminds me a lot of Geno Atkins in some ways. I would have taken him in the 2nd round, but believe he will be taken before then. I think the NFL Combine will certainly raise his stock depending on how he does. If he’s there in the 2nd, I’d take him in a heartbeat. Only thing is I don’t see him replacing MJ if he leaves, as he’s too small to be a DE. Could be someone to learn under Peko and put in with pass situations.

  • [email protected]

    I will go on the record to say this, I think by the end of the combine, he could go as high as a low first round pick which is where the Bengals might be picking if they get past San Diego on Sunday. I think he might be worth a closer look for that position. I know both of us have had a great look at him as we are both in Western PA.

  • Sean Snuff McMahon

    Agreed. Donald has a ton of potential and would love him in Cincinnati. Thompson showed signs early in the season, but fell off as the year went on. Sadly, we know where the Bengals fall in the draft, but now it’s time to look at players to take them over the top!

    • [email protected]

      I can’t wait for a Healthy Geno, Newman, and Hall. That will be a major upgrade to start 2014!!! Looking forward to this years draft!!!

      • Sean Snuff McMahon

        Agreed. Kirkpatrick got a lot better with the more snaps he received. This defense has everything you want. Pass rushers, shut down corners, run stopping linebackers, hard-hitting safeties, everything. Can’t wait to see free agency and the draft,